Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek, David Švec
Stage director: Jiří Heřman
Sets: Pavel Svoboda
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk, Lukáš Vasilek
Choreography: Jan Kodet
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín
Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir: Jiří Chvála
Lights: Daniel Tesař
Czech National Opera Orchestra
Czech National Opera Chorus
Czech National Opera Ballet
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Kühn Children's Choir
Premiere: October 29, 2009
This exquisitely staged production, which at the same time respects the depth and tenderness of the spiritual theme, met with a tremendous response following its premiere in 2009. Bohuslav Martinů created this original musico-dramatic work, made up of four self-contained and contrasting parts, in 1933 and 1934. Its central theme, inspired by medieval miracle plays and legends, is the benevolence and compassionateness of the Virgin Mary, and in the wider sense (and above all) womanhood itself – wise, foolish, sinful, vain, affectionate, self-sacrificing, munificent... In the spirit of the inter-war avant-garde, Martinů loosened up operatic conventions and in an extremely free manner handled a gamut of expressive means – solo and choral song, dance and spoken word, elements of folk theatre and poetry, modern symphonic sound, great spectacle, as well as moments of inner reflection.
A Co-Production of the National Theatre in Prague and Opera Wrocławska.
Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the National Theatre Opera, Prague Philharmonic Choir and Kühn's Children Choir.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
Photo: Diana Zehetner
Duration of the performance: 3 hours, 1 intermission