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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 7:00 on the Opera House for Antonín Dvořák's Jakobín (The Jacobin). The Jacobin was very much a product of Dvořák's maturity, coming after Dimitrij, in 1882, and before 1899's The Devil and Kate, another opera firmly rooted in the Czech nationalist tradition. The Jacobin actually had a pair of premieres at Prague's National Theatre. The first one took place on February 12, 1889, and though it was a modest success, Dvořák wasn't satisfied, and decided to revise the score. That process was interrupted by the composer's lengthy visit to the United States. So the final version of the opera wasn't completed until June 1898, when its premiere was given in the same opera house.
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Bohuš (baritone Václav Zítek) married Julie (soprano Marcela Machotková) against the wishes of his father, Count Vilém (bass Karel Průša), and fled Bohemia for France. The couple return disguised as artists, hoping to make peace with the Count. The young people of the town dance after church. Filip (bass Karel Berman), the old Burgrave, loves Benda's (tenor Beno Blachut) daughter, Terinka (soprano Daniela Šounová), but she loves Jiří (tenor Vilém Přibyl), the gamekeeper. The village youths tease Jiří for his behavior and the Burgrave tells Jiří he will get even. Bohuš and Julie ask to see the Count. Not recognizing them, Filip puts them off. He tells how the Count's son ran off and became a Jacobin. The Count arrives, still angry with his son, and plans to make his nephew Adolf (baritone René Tuček) his heir.
Benda rehearses his choir to perform for the Count. Terinka assures Jiří that she loves him, but begs him to be patient. They tell Benda they will ruin the performance if he insists on Terinka marrying Filip. The police search for a Jacobin couple who are reported to be plotting rebellion. Bohuš and Julie ask Benda to take them in, making him suspicious, but finally winning him over. He is jealous of Jiří and threatens to have him drafted into the army, but Benda needs Jiří for the performance. He asks Filip to relent. Adolf promises to promote the Burgrave if he arrests the Jacobin couple. Bohuš intervenes to save Jiří from Filip. Adolf has Bohuš arrested.
Adolf prevents Jiří from telling the Count his son has returned. Benda and Julie enter the castle. Benda reminds the Count of his son. Gathering her courage, Julie sings the song Bohuš used to sing as a boy. The Count is intrigued. Julie proves to her father-in-law that Bohuš is no Jacobin--and tells him that Adolf has had him imprisoned. At the performance the Count amnesties Bohuš , and father and son are reconciled.
Jiří Pinkas conducts the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kühn Mixed Chorus, and the Kantiléna Children’s Chorus in this 1994 Supraphon recording.
From Act III, Karel Průša (Count Vilém) is joined by Beno Blachut (Benda) in "Jen chvíli zhoušky":
As a bonus soprano Renée Fleming will sing more beautiful music of Dvořák: from his song cycle Gypsy Melodies we'll hear "Songs My Mother Taught Me," and from his most famous opera, Rusalka, the haunting Song to the Moon.
This Saturday afternoon at 1:00, listen to the Metropolitan Opera's live broadcast on WCPE of Bizet's Carmen, with Elina Garanca in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann as Don José, Ailyn Pérez as Micaëla, and Gábor Bretz as Escamillo. Louis Langrée conducts.
Please join me next Thursday, March 12th, for François-Adrien Boieldieu's La Dame Blanche. Librettist Eugène Scribe "borrowed" from no less than five of Sir Walter Scott's works to come up with a crazily complicated plot about "The White Lady" of Avenel Castle, a ghost who is supposed to protect the estate and its rightful owners. This 1997 recording stars Rockwell Blake (Georges Brown), Laurent Naouri (Gaveston), Jean-Paul Fourchécourt (Dickson), Annnick Massis (Anna), Mireille Delunsch (Jenny), and Sylvie Brunet (Marguerite). Marc Minkowski conducts the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Choir of Radio France.
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My Life in Music: The Meyers
Beginning with a pair of newlyweds, this spring, My Life in Music will feature three couples who are all full time professional musicians with the North Carolina Symphony.
This Monday, March 2nd, cellist David Meyer and violinist Maria Evola Meyer share favorite pieces from their love story including movements from Brahms’ Double Concerto, Nikolai and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, as well as Karel Husa’s complete String Quartet No. 4. David and Maria Evola Meyer join WCPE’s Tara Lynn for My Life in Music on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m.
On Preview! this week we spoke with Lara O'Brien, a principal dancer with Carolina Ballet, about her new boutique children's ballet school. The Tutu School is opening soon in downtown Raleigh. Information: http://tutuschoolraleigh.com/please click here!
WCPE offers its congratulations to guitarist Jason Vieaux on winning his first Grammy Award in the category Best Classical Instrumental Solo with his album, "Play," released on Azica Records. In case you missed it, here’s our Preview interview with Jason Vieaux about the album which includes Vieaux’s own arrangement of “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington, which he created for a 2007 performance with North Carolina’s Charlotte Symphony.
Listen to WCPE's interview with Jason Vieaux.
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