staff and students soloists (l-r) Beth
Mackay, Ben Crick, Janna Mills, Bryan White
and Steve Muir during rehearsals in the Great
British première of Dvoráks
opera The Stubborn Lovers is to be performed
in Leeds this Friday (February 28), using
a new critical edition reconstructed from
original manuscripts. This little-known piece
by the Czech composer, best known for The
New World symphony, also benefits from a new
translation, retaining the original rhyming
verse, by project co-director Dr Steve Muir.
The opera is on a par with some of Dvoráks
most famous works in terms of profusion of
the melody and the attractiveness of the music.
It is a must for any admirer of Dvorák,
said Dr Muir.
Music students have been comparing Dvoráks
manuscript and vocal score with a copy made
in 1881 for the operas Czech première,
working through inconsistencies and discrepancies
to create the first complete critical edition
of the opera. Project co-director Dr Bryan
White said: This is the first time a
definitive version of this work has been drawn
up. It really is a major achievement.
Antonín Dvorák wrote ten operas,
and saw himself primarily as an opera composer.
The Stubborn Lovers (Tvrdé palice)
is a comic opera in one act, telling how Rericha,
godfather to Toník and Lenka, attempts
to persuade the two young friends to marry.
Staff and students from music form the orchestra,
chorus and take the solo parts. Dr Eno Koço
is conducting and Richard Sadler directing.
Students from PCI are organising the costumes,
scenery, lighting and stage management. The
project is supported by the Leeds Philosophical
and Literary Society.
Performances are on February 28 and March
1 in the Great Hall at 7.30pm and tickets
cost £6-£10. To book, call Jillian
Johnson on ext 32584 email firstname.lastname@example.org