THE BRIDE OF MESSINA

Zdeněk Fibich

Apart from Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, Zdeněk Fibich is our most significant composer of the 19th century. 

  • Stage JK Tyl Theatre
  • Premiere Saturday, 07 April 2018
  • Age Category For adults
  • Musical arrangement:
    Jiří Štrunc
    Conducted by:
    Josef Kurfiřt,
    Jiří Štrunc
    Directed by:
    Martin Otava
    Stage Design:
    Ján Zavarský
    Asistent výtvarníka:
    Jan Baxa
    Costume:
    Dana Haklová
    Light Design:
    Antonín Pfleger
    Script Editor:
    Zbyněk Brabec
    Choirmaster:
    Zdeněk Vimr
    Choreography:
    Karel Basák
    Assistant director:
    Jakub Hliněnský
    Musical preparation:
    Maxim Averkiev,
    Martin Marek
    Prompter:
    Eliška Ulrychová
    Stage manager:
    Petra Tolašová

He wrote seven operas including the most important ones, The Bride of Messina and Šárka. The first one marks the start of the author's operatic work. In collaboration with aesthete Otakar Hostinský, he decided to compose music for the world-famous drama by Friedrich Schiller from 1803, The Bride of Messina, which Schiller conceived as an Antic tragedy. Fibich's opera was first presented at the National Theatre in Prague on 28 March 1884 and depicts a truly tragic destiny of the empress of Messina, Donna Isabella, and her children, sons Manuel and César and daughter Beatrice who shall, based on a prophecy like in an antic tragedy, become the downfall of her two brothers. Fibich and Hostinský created a great tragic opera, which is unique in the Czech operatic literature.

Premiere on 7 April 2018 at the Grand Theatre.

Promo photo: Martina Root

With German subtitles.