"International Performing Artists' Tribute to Antonín Dvořák" exhibition, Václav Kounic exhibition hall

The exhibition´s theme was chosen with a view to obtaining an album of fresh statements of personal attachment to his music by leading present-day international performers of Dvořák´s works, including conductors (Sir Charles Mackeras, Libor Pešek, Serge Baudo, M.T. Thomas), singers (Gabriela Beňačková, Renée Fleming, Eva Urbanová, Peter Dvorský), and solo players (Dvořáks great-grandson violinist Josef Suk).

The presentation here of some at least of the by now impressive list of international productions of Antonín Dvořák´s operas, clearly documents the ever widening popularity of Rusalka, an opera whose actual making was so intimately linked with this particular locality. Items documenting its staging by opera-houses in Vienna, London, Leipzig, Paris and even the documentation of the latest premiere on April 30, 2004 in the Metropolitan Opera in New York are on display.

Unique historical recordings made for major international labels can be listened to here, thanks to state-of-the-art remastering technologies, e.g. the oldest preserved record of Dvořáks music – the song of the wood-nymph from the opera Rusalka interpreted by Málka Bobková in 1903. The documents on display constitute the seminal core of a newly built collection. The exhibition, which is to run for two years, will be undergoing periodical alterations throughout its duration, and will continue to be supplemented by newly acquired materials. It will thus become a living document of tribute to the great artist, at a time when the world is marking the centenary of his death.

Authors of the libretto, scenario and graphic lay-out:

Vladimíra Šplíchalová, Josef Suk, Jan Špaček, Jiří Brynda


Jitka Slavíková, Gabriel Gössel, Vladimír Kaiser, Pavla Seitlová, Ivan Vomáčka

We are grateful to following institutions for offering / lending the exhibition items:

City Archives of Ústí n.Labem, Gabriel Gössl, Prague Spring, Antonín Dvořák Museum in Prague, State opera Leipzig, Comic Opera Berlin, National Opera Paris, Metropolitan Opera New York

The exhibition is held in the frame of the programme Czech Musik 2004 under the auspices of UNESCO and the Czech ICOM Committee thanks to the financial support of the Central Bohemian Region and the Ministry of Culture

Exhibition extended till December 31, 2019.

Foto: Filip Šlapal