Zdenek Kosler
Zdenek Kosler (conductor)



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.

Roles
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


Opera `Viola` (1874-1875, 1883-1884), JB 2: 48 (Smetana)
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.
Added by: Andrusha , 04.05.2014 10:11