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Jiri Trnka’s Midsummer Night’s Dream 17.4.2023 Rudolfinum

Vaclav Trojan author of music
Jan Kučera conductor
Petr Stepanek narrator
Patricia Janečková soprano
Daniel Matoušek tenor
Czech Radio Children’s Choir
Věra Hrdinková choirmasterA renewed premiere of the world-famous and award-winning fairy tale film by the phenomenal artist, writer, screenwriter and director Jiří Trnka, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with live accompaniment by the SOČR and the Children’s Choir of the Czech Radio under the baton of conductor Jan Kučera, awaits us at the Rudolfinum. Kainar’s poetic text based on William Shakespeare’s famous classic, performed by actor Petr Štěpánek, will enhance the magical atmosphere of the entire work and bring clear contours to the music. The spoken word, which blends beautifully with Václav Trojan’s beautiful music, will add another enchanting dimension to Trnka’s immortal and still fresh masterpiece.

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The popular actor Petr Stepanek will recite live the poetic Kainar’s text inspired by W. Shakespeare’s classics. By this way the spoken word would perfectly combine with live music to lend a new dimension to this immortal and fresh Trnka’s masterpiece.

Highly demanding preparations included the reconstruction of the scores written by the famous film music composer Mr. Vaclav Trojan, along with adjustment of the film for the live music. The result, however, is a completely unique and comprehensive experience from one of the most important achievements of the Czechoslovakian cinematography.

The revenues from the concert will be donated to the artist’s grandson Mr. Matyas Trnka for the reconstruction of the original puppets used in the film, which Mr. Trnka has already began with.