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Rome, at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Jakub Hrůša directs The Specter's Bride, a rarity by Dvořák
The protagonist of the opera is the acclaimed American soprano Corinne Winters
Organized by: National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation

National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation Presenta

“ Concert Season 2023 – 24 ”
“A kind of horror film set to music, a very lively theater piece, with a beautiful plot, wild and spooky.” Thus the vivid definition chosen by Jakub Hrůsha, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, to characterize The Specter's Bride, the noir masterpiece of Antonin Dvořá which will be proposed in Italian premiere in the concert scheduled for Thursday October 19, 2023 at 7.30 pm, with repeat performances Friday 20th   (8.30 pm) and Saturday October 21 (6pm) atAuditorium Parco della Musica Rome.

The protagonist of the opera will be the acclaimed American soprano Corinne Winters, already a guest of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 2016 and last June, and who made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 12 October. The tenor is also in the cast Richard Samek, in the role of the deceased boyfriend, and the baritone Roman Hoza in the role of the narrator.

The concert, the first of the three that Jakub Hrůša will propose in the 2023/24 Cecilia season, is therefore in perfect harmony with the atmosphere of the now upcoming Halloween celebration, recalled by the gothic atmosphere of this rare page that Dvořák considered one of his greatest masterpieces,

The Specter's Bride was composed in 1885, commissioned by the choral societies of Birmingham and Leeds, for soloists, choir and orchestra on a ballad by Karel Jaromír Erben (1811-1870). “I think (and you'll see that I'm not under any illusion) that this work surpasses all the others in every respect”, wrote Dvořák in one of his letters.

The story tells of two young engaged couples who are separated by the war. Despite the girl's prayers, there is no further news of the betrothed who now seems missing. One day, after a long and mysterious absence, the man returns to convince the girl to follow him to his new "home". In reality the fiancé died in battle and returned to look for his betrothed in the form of a ghost. His evil purpose is to bury the young woman alive in her new home, a distant cemetery that has long awaited the sacrifice of a virgin.

The first part of the program is also dedicated to a Czech composer, a fellow countryman of the director: in fact, the evening will open withOverture and the Dances taken from the comic opera The sold bride,Of Bedrich Smetana, first performed in Prague in 1866.

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(Jakub Hrůša, photocredit © Musacchio, Ianniello and Pasqualini; below, the soprano Corinne Winters)
Rome, at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Jakub Hrůša directs The Specter's Bride, a rarity by Dvořák

Other information of interest

In addition to his Cecilian role, the Maestro Jakub Hrůša, “the secret weapon of Czech music”, as a magazine from his country wrote in 2006, he is also the principal conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker, guest on the billboards of the major orchestras such as the Wiener and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and in the autumn of 2025 he will begin his new role as musical director of Covent Garden in London. He was recently awarded the Opus Klassik 2023 in the category “Best conductor of the year”

Interpreters

Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia
Director Jakub Hrůša
The girl Corinne Winters 
The Spectre Richard Samek
The speaker Roman Hoza
Choir Master Andrea Secchi

Program

Bedrich Smetana
The Sold Bride: Overture is Dances

Antonin Dvořák
The Specter's Bride

Replicas

19 October 2023 at 7.30pm, 20 October at 8.30pm, 21 October at 6pm

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