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Dalibor 1964National Theatre, Prague

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The Edinburgh Festival, at this time under the direction of Lord Harewood, was exploring the operatic possibilities behind the Iron Curtain. 1962 had seen the leading company from Yugoslavia in a repertoire largely of Russian masterpieces. In 1963 the Hungarian State Opera and Ballet appeared with a more limited choice of works. Here, the National Theatre from Prague brought an inspiring clutch of five Czech pieces. Two of them, Rusalka and Kátya Kabanová, were receiving Scottish premieres. The other three, Dalibor, From the House of the Dead and Resurrection, were being seen for the first time in the UK.

The Prague season at the Edinburgh Festival opened with a performance of Dalibor which represented this work's British premiere. The singers were not really well known in the west. While Beno Blachut was a recognised star tenor, Vilém Přibyl was based in Brno rather than Prague and had not received such attention. The Edinburgh visit made him a star.

The production team became internationally renowned, due to this Dalibor staging as well as their Rusalka. Svoboda was particularly noted for his novel use of lighting. A total of five performances were given, and the groundbreaking production was brought back to Edinburgh on the company's second Festival visit in 1970.

Performance Cast

Jitka Dalibor's ward

Libuše Domanínská (Aug 17, 27)

Helena Tattermuschová (Aug 20, 22)

Eva Zikmundová (Sep 3)

Vladislav King of Bohemia

Václav Bednář (Exc Aug 27)

Jindřich Jindrák (Aug 27)

Milada sister of the Burgrave of Ploškovice

Alena Míková (Aug 17, 27)

Libuše Prylová (Aug 20)

Milada Šubrtová (Aug 22; Sep 3)

Dalibor a knight

Vilém Přibyl (Aug 17, 22, 27)

Beno Blachut (Aug 20; Sep 3)

Chief Judge

Jaroslav Horáček (Aug 17, 27; Sep 3)

Dalibor Jedlička (Aug 20, 22)

Vitek Dalibor's squire

Zdenĕk Švehla (Aug 17; Sep 3)

Viktor Kočí (Aug 20, 22, 27)

Budivoj captain of the guard

Antonín Švorc

Beneš a gaoler

Eduard Haken (Exc Aug 27)

Dalibor Jedlička (Aug 27)

Performance DatesDalibor 1964

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