The Devil and Kate
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Antonín Dvořák’s two most successful operas, The Devil and Kate, and Rusalka, are based on fairy-tale motifs.
Blending folk and humorous with lyrical and fantasy elements is one of the typical (and still very popular) traits of Czech dramatic creation. The theme of this charming fairy-tale opera is taken over from Božena Němcová's folk tale of the same name about the brazen and fearless Kate, the wily shepherd Jirka and the duped devil Marbuel. Dvořák created a masterly patchwork of contrasting scenes — folksy, breezy, fiendishly fervent and courtly noble. Owing to the inspired invention with musical motifs and orchestra instrumentation, The Devil and Kate is a thoroughly original work from beginning to end, one that surpasses Dvořák’s previous operas in many respects. Adolf Born's exquisite sets and costumes bear the hallmark of this original and popular artist.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and English surtitles are used in the performance.
author: Antonín Dvořák
musical preparation: Bohumil Gregor
conductor: Jan Chalupecký
stage director: Marián Chudovský
sets: Adolf Born
costumes: Adolf Born
cast: Jaroslav Březina/Martin Šrejma, Kateřina Jalovcová/Jana Sýkorová, Luděk Vele/František Zahradníček, Jitka Svobodová ...
duration of the performance: 2 hours and 45 minutes (2 intermissions)