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Schwanda the Bagpiper
Opera

Schwanda the Bagpiper

Jaromír Weinberger

Premiere performances: 6 and 9 October 2022 at the National theatre

The National Theatre
Musica non grata
English subtitles
Premiere production

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  • October
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    October 2022

    Thursday 6. 10.
    19:00

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    1. premiere
    Premiere
    Musica non grata
    English subtitles

    Sunday 9. 10.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere
    Musica non grata
    English subtitles

    Tuesday 11. 10.
    19:00

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    Musica non grata
    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Thursday 13. 10.
    19:00

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    Musica non grata
    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    November 2022

    Sunday 27. 11.
    19:00

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    Musica non grata
    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    December 2022

    Sunday 4. 12.
    19:00

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    Musica non grata
    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Thursday 15. 12.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Musica non grata
    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    October 6, 2022

    An extraordinary performance of the opera Schwanda the Bagpiper by the Czech (and later on, American too) composer Jaromír Weinberger.

    Weinberger’s fabulous – and truly folksy – opera garnered ovations at many theatres in Europe. As translated by Max Brod in 1931 Schwanda the Bagpiper was even staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    Cast

    • 2022-2023

    Creatives

    Direction and Lighting design
    Vladimír Morávek
    Choreography
    Lucie Mertová
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Dramaturgy
    Ondřej Hučín

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra

    Actors, dancers

    “Czechs, German, citizens of the world – gather round! See a fairy tale in two acts and five scenes, penned by Miloš Kareš and adapted by Max Brod. What is it about? About lime-trees in bloom. About Queens of Darkness who fail to do what they desire to do. About bandits who do great good. About the Devil who loses a card-game. Dorotka is here. And Švanda can do incredible things – with that instrument of his. Long live the Czech bagpiper! Long live Dorotka! Horses, varlets, men with scythes, a soup for lunch, an astronomical clock stolen from the Devil, carriages, carts, bells of all tunes, thunders and thunderbolts, ominous figures, bats and an infernal marriage game. In the end, they all shout: Hail!” That is how the stage director Vladimír Morávek invites audiences of all generations, particularly children and their parents, to attend an extraordinary performance of the opera Schwanda the Bagpiper by the Czech (and later on, American too) composer Jaromír Weinberger. Along with Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů, he was one of the select few Czechs whose music gained global acclaim. In the mid-1920s, during the time of the first Czechoslovak Republic, Weinberger and the humourist Miloš Kareš wrote a loose sequel to J. K. Tyl’s tall story The Strakonice Bagpiper. Švanda is married to his beloved Dorotka, yet he feels restless at home. And so, when the bandit Babinský tells him what is there to enjoy abroad ...

    What follows is a crazy story, something like an opera-comic strip, giving an account of the adventures of Švanda the bagpiper and his bandit companion, who experience merry, as well as rather torrid moments. And whenever it seems that our heroes are done for good, the best of the Czech nature prevails – craftiness and love of music.

    Weinberger’s fabulous – and truly folksy – opera garnered ovations at many theatres in Europe. As translated by Max Brod (a friend and associate of Franz Kafka and Leoš Janáček), in 1931 Schwanda the Bagpiper was even staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    The production is part of the Musica non grata cycle.

    Project Musica non grata revives the artistic legacy of male and female composers important to the musical life of interwar Czechoslovakia who were persecuted by National Socialism or for religious, racial, political or gender reasons. Musica non grata is the international music and cultural project of the Czech Republic and Germany, initiated and organized by the National Theatre in Prague and financially supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
    More information on NT websites or here.

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