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Viola is an unfinished romantic opera by Bedrich Smetana. The libretto was written by Eliska Krasnohorska, and is based on Shakespeare`s play Twelfth Night. The composer did some work on it in 1874...Read more
Viola is an unfinished romantic opera by Bedrich Smetana. The libretto was written by Eliska Krasnohorska, and is based on Shakespeare`s play Twelfth Night. The composer did some work on it in 1874 and then came back to it in 1883, when he only managed to orchestrate a few scenes; the opera was left incomplete upon Smetana`s death in 1884.
A concert performance (of the unfinished work) was given on 15 March 1900 and it was staged at the Prague National Theatre on 11 May 1924.
Orsino, Duke of Illyria — tenor
Viola, twin sister to Sebastian — mezzo-soprano
Sebastian, twin brother to Viola — mezzo-soprano
Antonio, a captain — bass
Marco (Marko), an old — bass
Fisherman — baritone
Olivia (Olivie), a countess — mezzo-soprano
Sir Toby (Zeman Tobias), Olivia`s uncle — baritone
Sir Andrew (Zeman Ondrej), his companion — tenor
Malvolio, a steward — baritone
Marie, a gentlewoman — soprano
Jester (Sasek) — baritone
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Prague National Theatre Orchestra
Zdenek Kosler (conductor)
Marie Vesela (mezzo-soprano)
Jaroslav Horacek (bass)
Miroslav Svejda (tenor)
Viola - Marie Vesela (mezzo-soprano), Sebastian - Drahomira Drobkova (mezzo-soprano), Orsino - Miroslav Svejda (tenor), Marko - Jaroslav Horacek (bass), Antonio - Dalibor Jedlicka (bass), Fisherman - Karel Hanus (baritone). Chorus and Orchestra - Prague National Theatre. Chorus master Milan Maly. Conductor Zdenek Kosler. Piano - Jiri Pokorny. Recorded at the Smetana Hall, Prague, from 8 September, 1981 to 22 April, 1982.