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Antonín Dvořák

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

The National Theatre
The Year of Czech music
English surtitles

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    Saturday 20. 4.

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    The Year of Czech music
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    Wednesday 1. 5.

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    Saturday 18. 5.

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    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


    In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English


    May 19, 2023

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


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025


    Inscenační úprava
    Patricie Částková
    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Costume design
    Zuzana Rusínová
    Light design
    Daniel Tesař
    Marek Svobodník
    Chorus master
    Lukáš Kozubík


    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet

    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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