15. 7. – 18. 7.
Vít Zouhar: Coronide (Kroměříž 1731, 2000)Tomáš Hanzlík: Harlequin’s Adventures (Olomouc 2007)
Neo-Baroque opera and pantomime with songsIn the summer of 1731, the opera Coronide was staged at Kroměříž Castle at the bidding of the Olomouc bishop, Cardinal Wolfgang Hanibal Schrattenbach. The only part that has survived is the anonymous libretto. Vít Zouhar selected the most impressive passages from the unique preserved copy and supplemented them with one-sentence commentary from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Baroque libretto serves only as a starting point for telling a mythological story about the dramatic fate of Koronis (Coronide). According to Ovid, she was the object of the god Apollo’s love. A jealous Raven, however, told Apollo that Koronide was unfaithful to him. Apollo pierced her chest with an arrow without even once doubting the credibility of what Raven had said. Before she died, Koronide managed to tell Apollo she was expecting his child, son Asclepius.A comedy about how, despite all adversities, the Harlequin wins his beloved Columbina is based on the tradition of Italian street theatre. In the music component, Tomáš Hanzlík changed the popular contemporary improvisational models (La Folia, Ciaccona) as well as parts of the stage music for the play Tartuffe by Vít Zouhar, a colleague from Olomouc.