Jakobín
Opera

The Jacobin

Antonín Dvořák
The National Theatre
For the whole family
Czech Classic
For children
Traditional adaptation

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    November 2020

    Sunday 1. 11.
    14:00

    Canceled
    January 2021

    Saturday 23. 1.
    17:00

    Ticket sales suspended

    February 2021

    Friday 5. 2.
    19:00

    Ticket sales suspended

    March 2021

    Sunday 7. 3.
    14:00

    Ticket sales suspended

    Sunday 14. 3.
    11:00

    Ticket sales suspended

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 1 intermission

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    October 8, 2011

    A crucial role in the story is played by the traditionally lauded Czech musicality; the Czechs’ affectionate relationship to music, whose ardency and tenderness is able to soften even the most hardened of hearts.

    Dvořák’s The Jacobin is one of the most popular and most frequently performed Czech operas. To date, the National Theatre has staged twelve productions, most recently in 1993. The story, depicting life in a small Czech town on the one hand and the return of a “suspicious” émigré to his homeland on the other, is often understood in a somewhat simplistic, hyperbolic manner. Yet it is rather borne – primarily owing to Dvořák’s musical genius – in an ambiguous atmosphere of melancholy, sentiment, humorous bird’s-eye view and self-irony.

    Cast

    • 2020-2021

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Choreography
    Lucie Holánková
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir
    Jiří Chvála
    Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    About

    National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
    Ballet of the National Theatre Opera
    Kühn Children's Choir 

    As in many other similarly tuned Czech dramatic works, here too all the accumulated and pointed conflicts end up in humble, conciliatory and amicable lesson-learning. At the end of the 18th century, Bohuš, a count’s son, who at one time was hounded out by his father owing to his liberalism returns to an idealised Czech town. Yet before he is allowed to reconcile with his father, he and his wife have to experience a slew of provincial intrigues which the locals direct both at themselves and – because of his being suspected of “Jacobinism” – against Bohuš and his wife.

    We encounter a number of stock and popular dramatic types – the happily amorous Jiří and Terinka, between whom the big-headed burgrave Filip wants to drive a wedge, the count’s power-hungry nephew Adolf, as well as the good-natured teacher Benda.
    The scene at the school during which the teacher Benda is preparing with the children a festive cantata in honour of the new master is one of the most remarkable in Czech opera.

    Photographer for production: Hana Smejkalová

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    A booklet for the production of The Jacobin

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    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

     

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