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První rusko-české operní styky a jejich okolnosti: Ruslan a Ludmila v Praze a Prodaná nevěsta v Petrohradě

Title in English The First Russian – Czech Opera Relations and Their Context: Ruslan and Ludmila in Prague and Prodaná nevěsta in St. Petersburg


Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Rusko a slovanský svět. Staletí soužití a střetů.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Bedrich Smetana; Milij Balakirev; Czech-Russian opera relations; A Life for the Tsar; Ruslan and Lyudmila; Prague; reviews
Description The paper examines the first significant opera contacts between the Czech Lands and Russia. In 1866 and 1867 two operas by Mikhail Glinka featured in Prague. The premiere of Ruslan and Ludmila there (1867) was conducted by Russian composer Mily A. Balakirev. Though the opera was a success, the event was marked by the hostile relationship between Balakirev and the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. It is considered to be one of the reasons why Smetana’s operas Prodaná nevěsta (1871) and likely also of Dalibor (1899) were poorly received in St. Petersburg. The paper explores the reception and reviews of the operas, along with the cultural and political background in both countries, as it seems the key to comprehending the events.

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