A three-act opera performed in Czech.
Leoš Janáček's opera inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel Notes from the House of the Dead. The writer's own experience of political prisoners in the Siberian penal colony with a wide variety of people convicted of the worst crimes were written into the piece. Janáček this time abandoned the inspiration of big female dramatic characters and withdrew into the world of male "crime and punishment". From the metaphor "the House of the Dead" Janáček’s strange and almost anti dramatic conception of the opera is born. Life in the camp is indeed richly rendered very realistically, but all this is just an ordinary scene, still a recurrent and upsetting ritual pretence of life. In reality however, the prisoners only perceive their past as their legal existence - and almost obsessively they return to it in their appalling memories to be sure that they are still alive.
The opera is staged in Russian with Czech and English subtitles.
Running time: 2 hrs 15 mins with one interval
|Musical director, conductor: Robert Jindra|
|Directed by||Daniel Špinar|
|Lighting design||Martin Špetlík|
|Choirmasters||Martin Buchta, Miriam Němcová|
|Filka Morozov, Drunk Prisoner||Štefan Margita|
|Young Prisoner, Veselý, Čerevin||Václav Lemberk|
|Small Prisoner, Smith||Pavel Švingr|
|Placmajor, Abbe||Jevhen Šokalo|
|Old Prisoner||Jan Markvart|
|Skuratov, Voice, Big Prisoner||Josef Moravec|
|Don Juan, Brahmin, Čekunov||Jiří Brückler|
|Šapkin, Kedril||Ondrej Šaling|
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|Student, pensioner, ISIC, ITIC, Euro 26||50% (selected rows)|
|Disabled, Disabled Assistant||--|