An opera in two acts
Libretto by Karlheinz Gutheim
Music by JANACEK (sung in German)
Cologne Radio Choir
Chorus-Master, Bernhard Zimmermann Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra Conducted by JOSEPH KEILBERTH AcT 1
Scene 1: Outside Wiirfl's inn on the hill leading to the Hradschin Castle in Prague, 1920.
Scene 2: A landscape on the moon.
Scene 3: The Parliament House, the Moon Republic.
Scene 4: Outside Wiirfl's inn.
Mathias Broucek, a house-owner, in Prague (tenor):
Mazal, a young technician:
MlZALUN, chief constructor:
MAZAL, Amalka's bride- groom (tenor):
SACRISTAN of St Veit:
Sexton of the Tein Church:
Malinka, daughter of the Sacristan of St Veit:
LUNAMALI, Lukristan's daughter:
AMALKA, daughter of the Sexton of the Tein Church (soprano):
WÃ¼RFL the innkeeper:
Boy, serving in Wiirfl's inn:
MINISTER OF CULTURE SCHOLAR (soprano):
Fanny NOWAK, Broucek's housekeeper; Minister OF Food: Frantischka, the Sexton's housekeeper:
MINISTER OF Transport:
MIROLSLAV, a gate-keeper(tenor):
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCCATIONOF HOUSE-OWNERS:
VACEK with the iron hand (baritone):
Scene 1: The heights of the Barrandov
Rocks outside Prague.
Scene 2: The old town square, Prague, summer 1420.
Scene 3: A room in the house of the Sexton of the Tein Church, 1420.
Scene 4: The square at sundown, 1420. Scene 5: Outside Wurfl's inn, 1920. First broadcast performance in this country
Recording of a performance in Germany made available by courtesy of Westdeutscher Rundfunk. A timed synopsis of the opera is printed in ' The Listener ' of May 11 See page 21
by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Eight weekly readings from the poem in a conflated text of the 1805 and 1850 versions arranged by H. S. TAYLOR
Read by the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson
Produced by Anthony Thwaite
Fourth reading: May 22
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