Bedřich Smetana
Premiere Jun 22, 2023, 6.30 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
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Bedřich Smetana

Premiere Jun 22, 2023, 6.30 PM - Antonín Dvořák Theatre

Opera in three acts from 1867


Libretto by Josef Wenzig (1807–1876), translated by Ervín Špindler (1843-1918)

Musical preparation Robert Jindra
Stage director Martin Otava

It was in May 1863 when Smetana wrote Dalibor’s musical motif in his notebook right next to The Bartered Bride’s duet Faithful Love. Though the two operas were composed nearly at the same time, hardly could their characters have been more different. After the light and humorous Bartered Bride, a tragic opera based on the historical figure of the Bohemian knight Dalibor of Kozojedy and related legends follows. Smetana created a new chapter of heroic themes in the Czech operatic repertoire with Dalibor as well as a new chapter in the history of Czech culture—conducting the opera himself, Dalibor premiered on 16 May 1868 on the occasion of the National Theatre cornerstone laying ceremony.

Performed in Czech with Czech and English subtitles.

The production is prepared to be staged as a part of the Smetana Opera Cycle Ostrava 2024.
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logoCast - Season:
Vladislav, Czech king
Dalibor, the knight
Budivoj, commander of the royal guard
Vítek, Dalibor's messenger
Milada, sister of Burgrave Ploskovicky
Jitka, a peasant girl
Date Time Stage Type Detail Tickets
Jun 22, 20236.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatrePremiereshow detail
Jun 24, 20236.30 PMAntonín Dvořák Theatre2nd premiereshow detail