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Opera The National Theatre

Libuše

Bedřich Smetana, stage director Petr Novotný

Information

Conductor: Robert Jindra
Stage director: Petr Novotný
Sets: Ivo Žídek ml.
Costumes: Irena Greifová
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus

Premiere: May 11, 1995

Libuše is not only a supreme festival opera; it also represents a significant symbol of Czech national culture. Although Bedřich Smetana completed it in 1872, the work was only staged nine years later, to mark the first opening of the National Theatre. The opera is primarily intended for celebratory occasions and even nowadays the National Theatre only performs it on special occasions and state holidays. In Libuše, Smetana masterfully treated the legend of the mythical Czech Princess and the feud between two brothers resulting in conciliation and the picture of a prophecy of the joyful future of the Czech nation. Libuše is inseparably connected with modern Czech history and the history of the National Theatre, where it was staged many times in the past as a work exceptional owing to its humanistic and social message. The titular role has always been portrayed by leading National Theatre Opera soloists. In the current production, Libuše is sung by the world-renowned Czech soprano Eva Urbanová.

Orchestra und Choir of the National Theatre Opera.

The opera is staged in Czech original version and English and German surtitles are used in the performance.

Photo: Hana Smejkalová

Duration of the performance: 3 hours and 15 minutes, 2 intermissions

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Cast

Libuše

Přemysl of Stadice

Chrudoš from Otava

Lutobor of Dobroslavský Chlumec

Complete Cast

Radovan of Kamen Most

First harvestman

Second harvestman

Fourth harvestman