DIE AUSFLÜGE DES HERRN BROUCEK<br> (The Adventures of Mr Brouček )
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DIE AUSFLÜGE DES HERRN BROUCEK
(The Adventures of Mr Brouček )

Leos Janacek
1854 - 1928
Opera in two acts
Libretto by the composer after Svatopluk Cech
World premiere April 23rd 1920, National Theatre, Prague

Sung in Czech with German surtitles
Duration: c. 2 hrs 45 mins, inc one interval
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About the Piece

Happiest sitting in his local, the »Vikarka« in Prague, drinking at least 14 beers and eating sausages, the world suddenly looks ...
Happiest sitting in his local, the »Vikarka« in Prague, drinking at least 14 beers and eating sausages, the world suddenly looks very different to Matĕj Brouček on his way home. Inebriation, fantasy and frustration with everyday life become jumbled up in a curious dream and Brouček suddenly finds himself on the moon. He finds it hard to communicate with the odd, pseudo artists there, whose only form of sustinance is their art and the scent of flowers. But he was lucky, and flew away again, none the worse for his adventure. In part 2 things do not run quite so smoothly. He finds himself in the dark catacombs of Bohemeian history, in the 15th century, where he is expected to fight for Czech independence with blood-thirsty Hussites – not his kind of thing at all.
    In this, his fourth opera Janáček developed his technique of working with speech melodies further: The adventures build a bridge to his late works. The little world of his anti-hero is built from short musical motifs: funny and grotesque story elements mix with the tragic and pathetic.

Synopsis

Mr Broucek sits in front of a pub in Prague, dreaming in a drunken haze. He is a bourgeouise house owner who gets drunk every day ...
Mr Broucek sits in front of a pub in Prague, dreaming in a drunken haze. He is a bourgeouise house owner who gets drunk every day in his local pub. First he travels to the moon where it seems the people have no problems with their tenants, gutter press or politics. His second journey takes him back to the year 1420, in the middle of the Hussite wars, and his cowardice comes into stark contrast with the heroic Hussites.
    Broucek is an object of satire, a small capitalist in the beer fug at his usual table is sent to the moon where he brings chaos to the lives of the people living there, who have delicate nerves and certainly no time for things like sausages. Brouèek is not a vegetarian, and flees.
   In the second part poor Broucek, who hasn't a clue about turbulence in politics, tries ro trick his way out of a difficult situation but is discovered, and sentenced to death: he has nightmares, when he is drunk... Mr Broucek sits in front of a pub in Prague, dreaming in a drunken haze. He is a bourgeouise house owner who gets drunk every day. First he travels to the moon where it seems the people have no problems with their tenants, gutter press or politics. His second journey takes him back to the year 1420, in the middle of the Hussite wars, where his cowardice comes into stark contrast with the heroic Hussites. Broucek is an object of satire, a small capitalist in the beer fug at his usual table is sent to the moon where he brings chaos to the lives of the people living there, who have delicate nerves and certainly no time for things like sausages. Broucek is not a vegetarian, and flees. In the second part poor Broucek, who hasn't a clue about turbulence in politics, tries to trick his way out of a difficult situation but is discovered, and sentenced to death: he has nightmares, when he is drunk...
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Cast

Conductor
Johannes Debus
Director
Axel Weidauer
Assistant for the Revival
Dorothea Kirschbaum
Set Designer
Moritz Nitsche
Costume Designer
Berit Mohr
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Chorus Master
Tilman Michael

Broucek
Arnold Bezuyen
Mazal / Blankytny / Petrik
Aleš Briscein
Málinka / Etherea / Kunka
Juanita Lascarro
Sakritán / Lunobor / Domsik
Simon Bailey
Würfl / Caroskvouci / Schöffe
Andreas Bauer
Piccolo / Wunderkind / Scholar
Anna Ryberg
Komponist / Harfoboy / Miroslav
Peter Marsh
Maler / Duhoslav / Vojta
Michael McCown
Dichter / Oblacny / Vacek
Björn Bürger
Kedruta
Katharina Magiera
Svatopluk Cech
Beau Gibson

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