The Devil And Kate

National Theatre

Antonín Dvořák’s two most successful operas, The Devil and Kate, and Rusalka, are based on fairy-tale motifs. Blending folk and humorous with lyrical and fantasy elements is one of the typical (and still very popular) traits of Czech dramatic creation. The theme of this charming fairy-tale opera is taken over from Božena Němcová's folk tale of the same name about the brazen and fearless Kate, the wily shepherd Jirka and the duped devil Marbuel. Dvořák created a masterly patchwork of contrasting scenes – folksy, breezy, fiendishly fervent and courtly noble. Owing to the inspired invention with musical motifs and orchestra instrumentation, The Devil and Kate is a thoroughly original work from beginning to end, one that surpasses Dvořák’s previous operas in many respects. Adolf Born's exquisite sets and costumes bear the hallmark of this original and popular artist.Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
The opera is staged in Czech original version and English surtitles are used in the performance.

The Devil and Kate – Antonín Dvořák
Tha National Theatre
Premiere: 21th September 2003
Musical preparation: Bohumil GregorConductor: Jan ChalupeckýDirector: Marián ChudovskýSets and costumes: Adolf BornPreparation of the Choir: Milan MalýChorus master: Pavel VaněkChoreography: Daniel Wiesner

Shepherd Jirka: Jaroslav Březina / Martin Šrejma
Kate: Kateřina Jalovcová / Jana Sýkorová
Devil Marbuel:Luděk Vele / František Zahradníček
Princess: Jitka Svobodová / Yvona Škvárová
Mother: Ivana Ročková
Lucifer: Bohuslav Maršík / Jiří Kalendovský
Devil porter: Pavel Novák / František Zahradníček
Devil – guard: Antonín Hudi / Pavel Novák
Chamber-maid:>Lucie Hájková / Ludmila Vernerová
Steward: Jiří Hájek / Jiří Kubík
Musician: Jiří Hruška / Václav Lemberk
Devil – child: Petr Provazník
Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

© Národní divadlo, Hana Smejkalová

© Národní divadlo, František Ortmann

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