Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas

04/04/19, 19:00

Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas

Man loves because he loves.

Author: Bohuslav Martinů, Henry Purcell 
Musical Preparation: Marko Ivanović, Václav Luks 
Conductor: Marko Ivanović, Václav Luks 
Director: Jiří Heřman 
Set Design: Dragan Stojčevski 
Costume Design: Alexandra Grusková 
Lighting Design: Daniel Tesař 
Choreography: Jan Kodet 
Dramaturgy: Patricie Částková 
Chorus Master: Pavel Koňárek 
Assistant Conductor: Robert Kružík 
Assistant Stage Director: Otakar Blaha, Zuzana Fischerová 

Performed in the original English with Czech and English surtitles

There are myths which cut across cultures and lose nothing of their relevance even with the passing centuries. Myths which deal with the fundamental questions of human existence, and those which recount great love stories. Among the earliest of them is the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, considered to be the oldest work of literature in world culture. It was this tale of the merciless ruler Uruk Gilgamesh, his friendship with the wild man Enkidu and their philosophical dialogue about life on earth and after death which became the inspiration for one of Martinů’s greatest works.

One the great love stories which has inspired countless works of art is the tragic love of the Carthaginian queen Dido for the Trojan hero Aeneas. The story, based on the fourth book of Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, became the template for more than a hundred operatic versions, some of which are among the groundbreaking works of the opera genre. One such work is the opera by the great composer of English baroque Henry Purcell, whose skill in capturing the most subtle nuances of human emotions in music breathed immortality into the unfortunate Dido.