Staged in Czech with Czech and English surtitles
Premiere 7th September 2018, Brno Exhibition Centre in Pavilion P
The eternal gods above the clouds gave down on this land with grace!
The creation of an independent Czechoslovak state is one of the most important events in our history. This had been the aim of the
efforts of Czech patriots and politicians throughout the 19th century and in the autumn of 1918 they were fulfilled and a new era began for our nation. The battle for Czech statehood became an inseparable part of the arts and led to the creation of works that became a permanent symbol of our national culture. One such work is the ceremonial work of musical theatre Libuše by Bedřich Smetana, built on the myth of the fabled Czech princess. The opera, which culminates in the grandiose scene of the prophecy of the future of the Czech nation, was first heard in 1881 on the opening of Prague’s National Theatre. It was Smetana’s wish that the work be performed on "particularly significant days" and so it was. The production of Libuše was always associated with ceremonial occasions as well as with the most difficult moments in the life of the Czech nation. This new staging of Libuše marks the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of our statehood. For its performance a place was selected that has played an irreplaceable role in the history of Brno – the premises of the Brno Exhibition Centre – a place that owes its existence to the establishment of the independent republic.