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Čert a Káča

The Devil and Kate

Antonín Dvořák
The National Theatre

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    January 2023

    Sunday 15. 1.

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    Saturday 21. 1.

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    Basic information


    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 45 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Czech, subtitles in English


    September 21, 2003

    The theme of this charming fairy-tale opera is taken over from Božena Němcová's folk tale of the same name about the brazen and fearless Kate, the wily shepherd Jirka and the duped devil Marbuel.


    Musical preparation
    Bohumil Gregor
    Stage director
    Marián Chudovský
    Sets and costumes
    Adolf Born
    Chorus preparation
    Milan Malý
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Daniel Wiesner


    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Chorus
    Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

    Antonín Dvořák’s two most successful operas, The Devil and Kate, and Rusalka, are based on fairy-tale motifs. Blending folk and humorous with lyrical and fantasy elements is one of the typical (and still very popular) traits of Czech dramatic creation. Dvořák created a masterly patchwork of contrasting scenes – folksy, breezy, fiendishly fervent and courtly noble.

    Owing to the inspired invention with musical motifs and orchestra instrumentation, The Devil and Kate is a thoroughly original work from beginning to end, one that surpasses Dvořák’s previous operas in many respects.

    Adolf Born's exquisite sets and costumes bear the hallmark of this original and popular artist.

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      Practical information

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