Vanda (opera)

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Vanda is a grand opera in five acts by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech libretto was written by Václav Beneš-Šumavský and František Zákrejs (cs) after a work by Julian Surzycki.

Performance history[edit]

The opera was first performed at the Provisional Theatre in Prague on 17 April 1876.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere cast, 17 April 1876
(Conductor: Adolf Čech)
Vanda, the Polish queen soprano Marie Zofie Sittová
Bozena mezzo-soprano Ema Maislerová-Saková
Homena contralto Betty Fibichová
Lumir baritone Leopold Stropnicky
Roderik, a German prince baritone Josef Lev
Slavoj, a Polish knight of humble birth, in love with Vanda tenor Antonín Vávra
Velislav tenor Josef Smaha
Vserad tenor Josef Chrammosta
Vitomír tenor Ferdinand Koubek
Messenger tenor Jan Sára
Herald tenor Petr Doubravsky
Pagan high priest bass Karel Cech

Synopsis[edit]

The story is about the Polish queen, Princess Wanda, who drowns herself in the Vistula river in order to save her people from the German invaders.

Recordings[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Vanda, comprehensive details at antonin-dvorak.cz