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Dramatic Weaknesses

Dvorák's 'The Jacobin',
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Dvořák's The Jacobin is just the kind of opera the Buxton Festival was invented for. While no masterpiece, it's likeable enough to be revived from time to time, with an enjoyable score that compensates for the work's dramatic weaknesses (Buxton Opera House, Buxton, UK, 12 July 2014).

The central character, Bohuš, returns to his home village from Paris, with his French wife, Julie, wanting to be reconciled with his father, Count Harasova. Harasova has allowed himself to be persuaded by his nephew, Adolf, that Bohuš is a dangerous revolutionary (the Jacobin of the title), and declares that Adolf is to be his heir...

Copyright © 17 July 2014 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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ANTONIN DVORAK

BUXTON FESTIVAL

DERBYSHIRE

UNITED KINGDOM

STEPHEN BARLOW

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