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Joan of Arc at the Stake

Arthur Honegger

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The story of Joan of Arc, who was burnt at the stake for heresy on 30 May 1431 in Rouen at the age of nineteen, has been made into theatre plays and films many times.

The story of Joan of Arc, who was burnt at the stake for heresy on 30 May 1431 in Rouen at the age of nineteen, has been made into theatre plays and films many times. The Pilsen opera company last presented this theme in the Tchaikovsky's work The Maid of Orleans in 2009. This time, the story will be introduced in the form of a scenic oratorio written by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger with lyrics by the famous French poet Paul Claudel which was first presented in a concert in Basil in 1938 and on stage four years later in Zurich. The oratorio came to life on the impulse by the famous Russian dancer and actor Ida Rubinstein and it is a synthetic work including actors, opera singers, a choir and ballet. The JK Tyl Theatre in Pilsen will stage this unique work for the first time. It is presented in a Czech translation.

Premiere on 4 June 2016 at the New Theatre.