Antonín Dvořák wrote his opera, The Stubborn Lovers, in 1874, as his third work for the stage. His intention was to produce a comic opera rendering a humorous tableau capturing the atmosphereand human relations in the Bohemian/Czech countryside. Dvořák's exceptional compositional invention and profound yet natural feeling for music were by now fully developped. This one-act opera, premiered at the New Czech Theatre in 1881, abounds in down-to-earth yet spirited music backing the action of a gallery of originally conceived lyrical characters. Dvořák's one-acter, however, has provedless than lucky as regards the frequency of actual stage productions. Perhaps this was due to the standard need for the producers to find another one-acter with which to couple it in a double bill. We wish to make up for the undeserved neglect of this
opera by presenting this recording, the world premiere in CD format, which is dedicated to the coming centenary of Dvořák'sdeath, an occasion which will be marked by the whole music world on 1st May, 2004.
This project came to involve the joint forces, under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, of a potent team ofyoung soloists, backed by the Prague Philharmonia and Prague Philharmonic Choir. Here is a unique recording set to broaden the music lovers' knowledge of Dvořák's multifaceted compositional legacy.
Dvořák's The Stubborn Lovers in a world first on CD.