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J.K.Tyl theatre presents a performance - Polish Blood

Polská krev not only belongs among the most famous and most played titles of its genre, but thanks to its pedigree it is also a typical work of the “silver” age of Viennese operettas, which reflect the cosmopolitan essence of the cultural air of Central Europe at that time. Ingredients of this work are: a Russian theme, an Austrian Libretto, a Polish setting, and Czech Music = a Viennese operetta.

Leo Stein wrote his libretto based on the short story Lady Peasant, by A. S. Pushkin. The Viennese Premiére was on 25th October 1913, and the first Czech performance was just two months later, on 26th December of the same year in Pilsen. Therefore, it is almost at home on our stage.

After a series of repeated performances between the wars, Polská krev was performed in Pilsen in the second half of the twentieth in 1951, 1953, 1959, 1968, 1976, 1986, and 1992. It is now returning to Pilsen’s stage after an abscence of twenty-one years.

This operetta is often considered to be the greatest work of Oskar Nedbal, and is the second of his six operettas. In spite of this, and based on the type of music in Polská krev, many people refuse to acknowledge its composer as one of the Viennese group of the time (F. Lehár, O. Straus, L. Fall). His music remains quintessentially Czech. Nedbal, even though he was based in Vienna, didn’t succumb to the international musical impressions that were more popular at the time. This is why Polská krev is so attractive for us – it is uncompromising in relation to the most famous titles of the genre, but at the same time it is so close to Czech musical feelings.

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