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Dvořák’s forgotten opera Alfred receives its first performance in 75 years

September 6, 2014

The Dvořákova Praha (Dvořák Prague) International Music Festival is presenting Antonín Dvořák’s little-known first opera, Alfred, on September 17 in a concert performance at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Auditorium in Prague. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and soloists will be directed by the German conductor Heiko Mathias Förster.

Composed in 1870, Alfred was originally written to a German libretto, reflecting the strong influence Richard Wagner had on Dvořák. The work’s first and only staged performance did not take place, however, until 1938 in the city of Olomouc, 34 years after the composer’s death, when a Czech translation was used. The original German libretto will be restored for the performance on September 17, making it in this respect the opera’s world première.

The performance is being recorded by the ArcoDiva label for release in December 2014 for global distribution by Naxos.

Watch the first rehearsal of Alfred:

Further information about the performance and how to purchase tickets can be found on the festival’s website.

Further details of ArcoDiva can be found on the label’s website.


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