Sunday, January 5, 2020, 7 p.m., National Theatre
F. X. ŠALDA THEATRE LIBEREC

Sergei Rachmaninoff: FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, THE MISERLY KNIGHT

 

Conductor: Martin Doubravský
Stage director: Linda Keprtová
Sets: Michal Syrový
Costumes: Tomáš Kypta
Chorus master: Anna Novotná Pešková, Miriam Němcová
Dramaturgy:  Vojtěch Babka

 

Francesca da Rimini - Lívia Obručník Vénosová
Ghost of Virgil / Duke - Csaba Kotlár
Dante Alighieri / Moneylender - Dušan Růžička
Lanciotto Malatesta / Baron - Pavol Kubáň
Paolo Malatesta / Albert - Josef Moravec
Server - Anatolij Orel

 

The F. X. Šalda Theatre Orchestra and Chorus

 

There is no greater misfortune than to remember happy times in suffering. [Sergei Rachmaninoff].On January 24, 1906, there takes place a festive premiere of two one-act operas by the Russian composer and piano virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff - Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight - in The Bolšoj Teatr in Moscow. The first of the operas was composed on the base of the story from Dante's Divine Comedy, the second one comes from the Alexandr Sergeyevich Pushkin's drama of the same name. Even when each "one-act opera" has a completely different librettist, the basic motif of the tales collides in the tireless fighting of characters, in a conflict with the moral values of European civilization. The score of the operas then mirrors an unceasing composer's quest, relentless painful will. In the modern history of the Czech theatre, these operas have never been performed in one evening – for the first time now in Liberec, in The F. X. Šalda Theatre.

 

Performed in Russian original with Czech and German subtitles
Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Premiere: December 14, 2018, Liberec


 

 

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Rachmaninov, foto Michaela Škvrňáková

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