EPIC OF GILGAMESH / DIDO AND AENEAS

THE BRNO NATIONAL THEATRE OPERA

About performance

EPIC OF GILGAMESH

A three-part Oratorio, performed in English. / A three act Opera featuring a prologue, performed in English.

There are myths that span across cultures and even with advancing centuries lose none of their topicality. These are those that deal with the fundamental questions of human existence, or refer to great love stories. Among the first is the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, considered the oldest verbal monument of world culture. It is this story of the merciless ruler of Uruk - Gilgamesh - and his friendship to Enkidu that develops in philosophical dialogues about the earthly and the afterlife that was the inspiration for one of the top works by Bohuslav Martinů.

The great love stories that inspired a range of artistic works include the story of the tragic love of Dido Queen of Carthage for the Trojan hero Aeneas. This story, building on the fourth book of Virgil's epic Aeneas, became the model for more than a hundred operatic productions, some of which are among the groundbreaking works of opera literature. These undoubtedly include the work by important English Baroque composer Henry Purcell which - thanks to its ability to capture in music the subtlest stirrings of human emotions – gave the unhappy Dido immortality.

The opera is performed in English and features Czech and English subtitles.

Running time: 50 mins (Epic of Gilgamesh), 70 mins with one interval (Dido and Aeneas)

Production team

EPIC OF GILGAMESH

Musical director, conductors Marko Ivanovič, Václav Luks
Directed by Jiří Heřman
Dramaturge Patricie Částková
Choreography Jan Kodet
Set Dragan Stojčevski
Costumes Alexandra Grusková
Lighting design Daniel Tesař
Choirmaster Pavel Koňárek

Cast

EPIC OF GILGAMESH

Baritone Jiří Brückler
Bass-baritone David Nykl
Tenor Václav Čížek
Soprano Kateřina KněžíkovNarrator
Dido Veronika Hajnová-Fialová
Belinda Kateřina Kněžíková
Aeneas Jiří Brückler
Second wife Eva Štěrbová
Sorcerer David Nykl
First witch Jana Tajovská-Krajčovičová
Second witch Karol Bartosiński
Spirit Karol Bartosiński
First sailor Václav Čížek

Ticket prices Buy tickets

1.Category 20 €
2.Category 15 €
3.Category 10 €
4.Category 5 €
Student, pensioner, ISIC, ITIC, Euro 26 50% (selected rows)
Disabled, Disabled Assistant --
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