OPERA
THE DEVIL’S WALL
Bedřich Smetana
Veřejná generální zkouška
Dec 12, 2023, 10.00 AM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
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THE DEVIL’S WALL - Veřejná generální zkouška Dec 12, 2023

Bedřich Smetana

Veřejná generální zkouška Dec 12, 2023, 10.00 AM - Antonín Dvořák Theatre

Comic Romantic Opera in three acts written in 1882

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Libretto by Eliška Krásnohorská (1847–1926)
Conductor Marek Šedivý
Stage director Jiří Nekvasil

"My opera will be an enigma to many a critic," Smetana wrote while working on his last completed opera, a remarkable work full of theatrical and musical imagination. It is a collage of romantic exuberance, comedy, the intimate sensibility of arias and duets, the sophistication of musical ensembles, choral scenes and dissonance, and a brevity that anticipates the music of the next 20th century. Inspired by an old tale, the libretto tells the story of a devil who pursues his own gain and prevents Mr Vok from marrying and preserving his family. Smetana imbued the story with strong autobiographical elements in his music. He describes his longing for love, hope, personal happiness and social rehabilitation, redemption and the breaking down of his own "devil's wall" - the deadly wall built around him by the curse of deafness, tormenting hallucinations and advancing madness.

Performed in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Revived premieres on 14 and 16 December 2023 at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre
The original production of THE DEVIL’S WALL premiered on 12 June 2014 at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre


Synopsis

The introductory talks in English for the performances within the Smetana Opera Cycle Ostrava 2024 begin at 17:45.
 
The production pertains to the Smetana Opera Cycle Ostrava 2024 — the cycle of all completed operas by Bedřich Smetana.
 
 

The project is implemented with the financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

 
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logoCast at date: Dec 12, 2023
Vok Vítkovic
Záviš, his nephew
Jarek, knight in service of Vok
Hedvika, Countess of Šauenburka
Michále, the steward of Rožmberk Castle
Katuška, his daughter
Beneš, a hermit
Rarach, the devil
Date Time Stage Type Detail Tickets
Dec 12, 2023 10.00 AMAntonín Dvořák TheatreVeřejná generální zkouškashow detail
Dec 14, 2023 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreObnovená premiérashow detail
Dec 16, 2023 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák Theatre2nd premiereshow detail
Jan 16, 2024 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 9, 2024 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
May 11, 2024 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
May 29, 2024 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Jun 15, 2024 9.00 PMLitomyšlDerniereshow detail

The play is no longer in our repertoire.

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Jorge Garza (Michále, the steward of Rožmberk Castle), Veronika Kaiserová (Katuška, his daughter), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Jorge Garza (Michále, the steward of Rožmberk Castle), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil), Martin Bárta (Vok Vítkovic), Kateřina Jalovcová (Záviš, his nephew), Veronika Kaiserová (Katuška, his daughter), Martin Šrejma (Jarek, knight in service of Vok)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil), Martin Bárta (Vok Vítkovic)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Josef Škarka (Beneš, a hermit), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Martin Šrejma (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), Veronika Kaiserová (Katuška, his daughter), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Josef Škarka (Beneš, a hermit), Martin Bárta (Vok Vítkovic), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Kaiserová (Katuška, his daughter), Martin Šrejma (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil), Kateřina Jalovcová (Záviš, his nephew), Lívia Obručník Vénosová (Hedvika, Countess of Šauenburka)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
František Zahradníček (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Kristýna Kůstková (Katuška, his daughter)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Kristýna Kůstková (Katuška, his daughter), Luciano Mastro (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), Miloš Horák (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Miloš Horák (Rarach, the devil), Jiří Brückler (Vok Vítkovic), Anna Nitrová (Záviš, his nephew)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Luciano Mastro (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), Kristýna Kůstková (Katuška, his daughter), Miloš Horák (Rarach, the devil)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Luciano Mastro (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), Kristýna Kůstková (Katuška, his daughter), Jiří Brückler (Vok Vítkovic), Anna Nitrová (Záviš, his nephew), Gianluca Zampieri (Michále, the steward of Rožmberk Castle)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Veronika Rovná (Hedvika, Countess of Šauenburka)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Anna Nitrová (Záviš, his nephew), Gianluca Zampieri (Michále, the steward of Rožmberk Castle), Martin Gurbaľ (Beneš, a hermit)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
Luciano Mastro (Jarek, knight in service of Vok), Martin Gurbaľ (Beneš, a hermit), Miloš Horák (Rarach, the devil), Jiří Brückler (Vok Vítkovic), Veronika Rovná (Hedvika, Countess of Šauenburka), Kristýna Kůstková (Katuška, his daughter)
Photo by: Martin Popelář