Performed in the original English with Czech and English surtitles
Stirring choruses, sensual dance moves, exceptional soloists, plus unique directing and stage production! Total theatre, which draws you in from the moment you step into the auditorium, leaving behind the bustling city and entering a world of spectacular theatre. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Václav Luks “at work” – a conductor who made his debut with Collegium 1704 at last year’s Salzburg Festival! This performance by the NTB Opera was awarded the title Success of May 2016 by Theatre News.
Premiere: 13th May 2016, Janáček Theatre
There are myths which cut across cultures and lose nothing of their relevance even with the passing centuries. Myths which deal with the fundamental questions of human existence, and those which recount great love stories. Among the earliest of them is the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, considered to be the oldest work of literature in world culture. It was this tale of the merciless ruler Uruk Gilgamesh, his friendship with the wild man Enkidu and their philosophical dialogue about life on earth and after death which became the inspiration for one of Martinů’s greatest works.
One the great love stories which has inspired countless works of art is the tragic love of the Carthaginian queen Dido for the Trojan hero Aeneas. The story, based on the fourth book of Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, became the template for more than a hundred operatic versions, some of which are among the groundbreaking works of the opera genre. One such work is the opera by the great composer of English baroque Henry Purcell, whose skill in capturing the most subtle nuances of human emotions in music breathed immortality into the unfortunate Dido.