Opera The National Theatre

Francesca da Rimini, The Miserly Knight

Sergej Rachmaninov
There is no greater misfortune than to remember happy times in suffering. [Sergei Rachmaninov]

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

Performance of the F. X. Šalda Theatre Liberec as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theater Opera 2020 (

The F. X. Šalda Theatre Orchestra and Chorus

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.
Performed in Russian original with Czech and German subtitles

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Premiere: December 14, 2018, Liberec


January 2020



Francesca da Rimini

Ghost of Virgil / Duke

Dante Alighieri / Moneylender

Complete Cast

Lanciotto Malatesta / Baron

Paolo Malatesta / Albert


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