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The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre


Leoš Janáček
The National Theatre
Festival of Music Theatre 2020

Basic information


The National Theatre


The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre (Ostrava)


In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English


October 18, 2018

Opera Festival 2020

Performance of the Silesian Theatre Opava as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theater Opera 2020 (

Janáček’s “waltz” opera was composed in a conscious contrast to the previous opera Jenufa/Her Stepdaughter– using all the effects of impressionism and verism.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025



The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Chorus and Orchestra

After the death of his daughter Olga the composer was looking for the theme while enchanted by a 28-year-old “Star from Luhačovice”: the theme “fresh, modern, bursting with life and elegance”. The work evidently contains autobiographical elements (Janáček's love Kamila Urválková - character Mila Válková) but the inspiration by Eugene Onegin is obvious as well. The opera taking place at the colonnade of the Luhačovice Spa in a stifling family atmosphere and several years later in the conservatory's auditorium, where the new opera is practiced, are connected with the question: Do you know what love is?

Approximate running time, including intermission: 1 hour, 50 minutes Premiere:

October 18, 2018, Antonín Dvořák Theatre

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    Practical information

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