Tag: Stephan Delbos

Deaf Empire: An Interview with Playwright Stephan Delbos

  In Deaf Empire: Replaying Bedřich Smetana, the Prague Shakespeare Company’s newest production at the Kolowrat Theatre, which premiered this week to rapturous applause, playwright Stephan Delbos reimagines the life of the famous Czech classical composer through a series of scenes that serve as intimate portraits not only of Smetana’s life, but of the era in which he lived and wrote his greatest works. Opus Osm met up with the…

Uncertain Revival: The Prague Shakespeare Company Presents The Life & Times Of Bedřich Smetana

In Deaf Empire: Replaying Bedřich Smetana, Stephan Delbos’ new play about the 19th century Czech revivalist composer Bedřich Smetana produced by the Prague Shakespeare Company and directed by Amy Huck at Prague’s Kolowrat theatre, we are presented with an intimate portrait of one of the Czech nation’s greatest musical icons. In Delbos’ humorous yet moving portrayal, we are reminded that the acceptance, and even the existence, of some of our…

Fibich: Romance Scored, Sealed, & Delivered

A composer who enjoys writing letters can express himself twice. Such was the case with Czech composer Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900), as a recent performance at The Atrium gorgeously demonstrated. Fibich’s music, played by pianist Miroslav Sekera, violinist Markéta Janoušková, and sung by soprano Lucie Silkenová, combined with Fibich’s romantic correspondence read by actor Ondřej Kepka. Their performance inspired a meditation on the similarities between musical score and letter — and…

Home Sweet Homecomings

Theatergoers in Prague don’t have to travel far to see the country’s finest dancers onstage, especially when the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre comes to town… A traveling performance from Ostrava, “Homecomings” at Prague’s National Theater November 2 was a homecoming in more ways than one. The music of three Czech composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries was presented in three fresh interpretations from some of the finest contemporary…

Beethoven’s Vibrant Ninth

It must be nice to be a member of the chorus during a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – even if you have to wait 45 minutes to sing … Otherwise known as “the Choral,” the symphony which is now generally acknowledged as Beethoven’s finest was also the first by a major composer to use a chorus. But that chorus doesn’t stand up to sing until the fourth and final…