Beno Blachut as Dalibor
At the beginning of 1951, the superlative Czech singer Beno Blachut recorded for Supraphon at the Domovina studio Bedřich Smetana’s opera Dalibor, alongside the National Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Jaroslav Krombholc. Over the period of 40 years, Blachut made for Czechoslovak Radio, Supraphon and Decca a hundred or so recordings of arias, songs, opera scenes and complete operas. Besides the acclaimed recording of Dalibor, the most noteworthy albums of his include those of the operas The Kiss, Rusalka, The Dogheads, Jenufa, Katya Kabanova, The Makropulos Case, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, as well as Stabat Mater, The Spectre’s Bride and the, today legendary, Czech Christmas Mass. Supraphon has also returned to Blachut’s recordings in the new millennium, re-releasing the complete operas (e.g. in 2001, a remastered Dalibor was issued on 2 CDs, half a century after it was recorded).