OPERA
THE TWO WIDOWS
Bedřich Smetana
Repetition Jun 13, 2022, 6.30 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
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THE TWO WIDOWS - Repetition Jun 13, 2022

Bedřich Smetana

Repetition Jun 13, 2022, 6.30 PM - Antonín Dvořák Theatre

Comic opera in two acts from 1874

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Libretto by Emanuel František Züngel (1840–1894)
inspired by the one-act comedy Les deux veuves from 1860 by Jean Pierre Félicien Mallefille (1813–1868)
Musical preparation Marek Šedivý
Stage director Rocc

When the festive tableau Libuše was finished, Bedřich Smetana decided to create a new opera based on a French drama he had seen in the Prague Provisional Theatre. It was translated by Emanuel Züngel, who accepted the offer to rewrite the one-act comedy into an operatic libretto whose plot takes place in Czechia instead of France, as requested by the composer. With his Two Widows—and despite being questioned at those times—Smetana opens another unique, musical, and dramatic universe that gives a birth to a conversational salon opera based on the genre of opéra-comique, in which a plot usually takes place in a salon of a country farmhouse and the humour is based on situational comedy. As Václav Holzknecht stipulates in his book Bedřich Smetana, "The Two Widows is a work of immersive creative grace, a relaxed and unrestrained delight in evoking a world of people of refined manners, fine culture, and kindly atmosphere in a flourishing countryside; it is a relief from life's sorrows and an escape from everyday dullness, some kind of summer fairy tale with a good end."

Performed in Czech with English subtitles.

Premieres on 9 and 11 June 2022 at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre


The production is prepared to be staged as a part of the cycle devoted to operas by Smetana—Smetana Opera Cycle Ostrava 2024.

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Sep 14, 2022
6.30 PM
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Sep 29, 2022
6.30 PM
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Oct 25, 2022
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Karolina, a widow
Anežka, a widow
Ladislav Podhajský
Mumlal, gamekeeper
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Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Anežka, a widow), Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Karolína Levková (Lidka), Rudolf Medňanský (Toník)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow), Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Anežka, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow), Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Anežka, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Martin Šrejma (Ladislav Podhajský), Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow), Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Anežka, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow), Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow), Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow), Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow), Martin Šrejma (Ladislav Podhajský)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Václav Čížek (Toník), Ivana Ambrúsová (Lidka), Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow), Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Václav Čížek (Toník), Martin Šrejma (Ladislav Podhajský), Ivana Ambrúsová (Lidka), Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow), Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Václav Čížek (Toník), Petr Urbánek (Priest), Ivana Ambrúsová (Lidka), Lada Bočková (Karolina, a widow), Veronika Rovná (Anežka, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow), Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Anežka, a widow), Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Martin Šrejma (Ladislav Podhajský)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Martin Gurbaľ (Mumlal, gamekeeper), Soňa Godarská (Karolina, a widow)
Photo by: Martin Popelář