One Night Only
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Odyssey Opera Orchestra
Conducted in concert by Gil Rose
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Libretto by Marie Červinková-Riegrová
Sung in Czech with projected English translations
The box office is open Monday through Friday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dvorak’s only grand opera picks up where Mussorgsky left off. After the death of Tsar Boris Godunov, Russia is gripped by uncertainty – who will assume the throne? Boris’s children Fyodor and Xenie, or the one who proclaims himself as Dimitrij, the son of Boris’s predecessor, Ivan the Terrible?
Dimitrij is Dvorak’s most solemn work of the Meyerbeer-esque type of grand opera. The composer conceived his opera as an epic historical tableau unfolding in a spirit of solemn pathos and monumentality. The work was therefore not compatible with the requirement for a “simple, national style”, nor was it sufficiently modern in a Wagnerian sense. Today we regard Dimitrij in all its versions as an important example of Dvorak’s mature compositional mastery and it is also unquestionably one of the most significant works produced for the Czech operatic stage of the post-Smetana era. It boasts a wealth of melodic ideas, a wonderful evocation of local and period atmosphere in the extensive choral scenes, and remarkable instrumentation.
Odyssey’s production will be the Boston premiere of this epic work.
Dimitrij – Ales Briscein
Marina – Dana Buresova
Xenie – Olga Jelinkova
Marfa – Irina Mishura
Shusky – Mark S. Doss
Basmanov – Christopher Job
Iov – Pawel Izdebski
Neborsky – James Demler
Buchinsky – Seth Grondin