9 Aug 2008 00:00 - 12 Aug 2008 00:00
The Two Widows
This opera presents some of the most life-affirming music Smetana ever wrote. Based on French farce this fun tale of Czech country life in the late 19th century reveals a deep understanding of human foibles. Staged performance sung in English with English subtitles.
August 9, 11, 12 / 19:15
Info: 0131 473 2000, www.eif.co.uk
The Two Widows is brimming with musical wit in some of the most charming, life-affirming music Smetana ever wrote. He reveals a deep understanding of human foibles in this gentle and fun tale of Czech country life in the late 19th century.
Two young widows, living a quiet country life, have sharply contrasting attitudes to life: Karolina lives for the future, enjoys life and love and runs her estate with great independence; Anežka is in denial of her true feelings, wishes to remain faithful to her husband and buries herself in the past. When a handsome stranger appears, Karolina guesses his reasons and instigates a mischievous game of love and jealousy.
The opera is based on a French farce by Jean Pierre Félicien Mallefille which Smetana transposed to the world of the Czech landed gentry. He set out to write an opera in ‘the distinguished salon style' to show that the Czech repertoire could contain more than folksy or high-toned patriotic pieces. This is a delicate comedy, gentle, warm-hearted and melodic.
The directorial partnership between Tobias Hoheisel and Imogen Kogge sets out to transform this drawing room comedy into something that digs deeper without losing the inherent charm of the piece. The salon is a frame for witty exchanges set to Smetana's delicate folk inspired music - a surreal place where certainties become uncertain and reality is constantly questioned.
A co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Opera supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw and the Scottish Opera Syndicate
Written by Bedřich Smetana
Staged performance sung in English with English supertitles.
Karolina Záleská Kate Valentine
Anežka Miletinská Jane Irwin
Mumlal Nicholas Folwell
Ladislav Podhajsky David Pomeroy
Toník, a peasant Ben Johnson
Lidka, a maid Rebecca Ryan
Francesco Corti Conductor
Tobias Hoheisel and Imogen Kogge Directors
Tobias Hoheisel Designer
Peter Mumford Lighting design
Kally Lloyd-Jones Choreographer
Micaela von Marcard Dramaturg
English translation by David Pountney and Leonard Hancock
Czech Republic @ the Fringe 2008
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 9 Aug 2008 00:00
To: 12 Aug 2008 00:00