The Jacobin is one of the most popular operas by A. Dvorak.
Czech original version with Czech and English surtitles
Opera Jacobin, depicting life in a small Czech town and the return of a “suspicious” emigre to his homeland, is often understood in a hyperbolic manner. Ambiguous atmosphere is caracterised by melancholy, sentiment, humorous bird’s-eye point of view and self-irony. All the accumulated and pointed conflicts end up in humble, conciliatory and amicable lesson-learning.
At the end of the 18th century, Bohus, a count’s son, who at one time was hounded out by his father because of his liberalism, returns to an idealised Czech town. Before he is allowed to reconcile with his father, he and his wife have to experience the provincial intrigues which the locals direct both at themselves and – because of his being suspected of “Jacobinism” – against Bohus and his wife. We encounter a number popular dramatic types – the happily amorous Jiri and Terinka, between whom the big-headed burgrave Filip wants to drive a wedge, the count’s power-hungry nephew Adolf, as well as the good-natured teacher Benda.
A crucial role in the story is played by the traditionally lauded Czech musicality; the Czechs’ affectionate relationship to music, whose ardency and tenderness is able to soften even the most hardened of hearts. The scene at the school during which the teacher Benda is preparing with the children a festive cantata in honour of the new master is one of the most remarkable in Czech opera.
Soloists of the National Theatre Opera
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Ballet of the National Theatre Opera
Kühn Children's Choir
The opera has two 15 minutes intermissions.
The program may be subject to change.
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