By David Salazar
The opera company of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, Czech Republic is set to present “The Two Widows” starting on June 9, 2022.
The opera by Smetana will be directed by Rocc and conducted by Marek Sedivy with a cast starring Lada Bocková, Veronika Rovná, Martin Srejma, Frantisek Zahradnicek, Václav Cizek, Karolina Levkova, and Petr Urbanek.
The opera is based on Jean Pierre Félicien Mallefille’s one-act play “Les deux veuves” and premiered on March 27, 1874 at the Prague Czech Theatre. The work centers on two widows, Caroline and Agnes, who lead different lives in a castle. Caroline is highly independent while Agnes remains in mourning. At one point, Caroline conspires to make Agnes fall in love with her suitor Ladislaus in order to help her overcome her sadness.
There will be additional performances in this run scheduled on June 11 and 13, 2022. The production will then be revived on Sept. 14, 2022 for another four shows and then returns on Jan. 22, 2023. In sum, there will be a total of 11 performances throughout the three runs.