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Opera

Armida

Antonín Dvořák

Premiere performances: 19 and 21 May 2023 at the National Theatre

The National Theatre
Premiere production
English subtitles

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    May 19, 2023

    Antonín Dvořák’s final completed piece, the opera Armida, is inspired by Torquato Tasso’s Renaissance epic La Gerusalemme liberata.

    Cast

    • 2022-2023

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Costume design
    Zuzana Rusínová
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Chorus master
    Lukáš Kozubík
    Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra

    Jaroslav Vrchlický, still the only poet to have translated Tasso‘s gargantuan work into Czech in its entirety, based his libretto on the episode depicting the love story of Armida, the daughter of King Hydraot of Damascus, and Rinald, a knight participating in a Crusade. Despite possessing extraordinary qualities and beauty, in comparison with other Dvořák operas Armida has always been somewhat shunned by theatre-makers. Following the world premiere in 1904, at the National Theatre in Prague, its first production was only given seven performances. The next time the opera was staged was in 1928, by Otakar Ostrčil. In 1941, Armida was undertaken by Václav Talich, with the production revived by František Škvor after World War II. It was most recently performed under the conductor František Vajnar in 1987. More than three decades later, the time has come to bring back on stage Dvořák’s brilliant work in its entirety, not just selected arias, which opera singers have gladly included in their recitals.

    The production of Armida will be the first to be conducted by Robert Jindra since he assumed the post of music director of the National Theatre Opera. After nine years, the National Theatre will welcome back Jiří Heřman, whose sophisticated and visually forcible productions have made him one of the most acclaimed and most sought-after Czech opera directors of the past few decades.

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