If I [Gustav Mahler] become an independent concert conductor, I will perform all of your symphonies. (Foerster: Der Pilger [“The Pilgrim”])
Foerster’s opera is a tragic drama that focuses on the character of Eva. We witness her inner transformation as she gradually becomes a tragic female hero whose soul longs for pure love. Eva is based on a play by Gabriela Preissová, to whom we also owe the source material for Jenůfa. With Eva, Foerster introduced a type of woman to Czech opera which Janáček subsequently perfected.
A tense, dramatic mood prevails through the entire opera. For Foerster (who also wrote the libretto), it was important “to capture the individual characters and events in all their psychological veracity”. (Foerster: Der Pilger)
View the study score of Act 1:
Josef Bohuslav Foerster: Eva
Opera in 3 Acts | 130'
26.09.2014, F. X. Šalda Theatre, Liberec; Eva, Lívia Obručník Vénosová; Mánek, Josef Moravec; Mešjanovka, Jitka Zerhauová; Samko, Anatolij Orel, Svatopluk Sem; Zuzka, Blanka Černá; Rubač, Josef Škarka, Pavel Vančura; Orchestra and Choir of the F. X. Šalda Theatre, cond. Martin Doubravský
Further performances: 04. and 19.10.2014; 04.11.2014