Lyrická opera Eva Josefa Bohuslava Foerstera, Julius Zeyer a Louis Gallet
JOSEF BOHUSLAV FOERSTER’S LYRICAL OPERA EVA, JULIUS ZEYER, AND LOUIS GALLET
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Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s Eva, the most frequently-performed of his operas, was characterized by the composer himself and by earlier musicological literature as a purely Czech work linked to the tradition of Smetana. However, in 2004 Cyril Šálek subjected Eva to a stylistic analysis and demonstrated its international character. While composing this second opera of his Foerster was intensively occupied with contemporary French works, and in his letters he responded animatedly to the debate unleashed by Louis Gallet, the librettist of Massenet’s opera Thaïs. It seems that – apart from other more-or-less probable models – clarification of fundamental dramatic issues in Eva was influenced especially by the dramatic character of French opéra lyrique.
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