Today, the National Theatre in Brno presents the world première of Monument, an opera composed by Marko Ivanovic, with a libretto by David Radok.
It is at least the composer's second opera, after Enchantia (Prague, January 14, 2012).
The authors were inspired by the life story of Otakar Švec, who was forced by the powers that be to compete with many other artists in a contest to create a monument for J.V. Stalin. Not even his effort to solve the situation by designing a monument which was impossible to realize prevented Švec from winning the contest, and he took his life shortly before the uncovering of the completed work. (reproduced from the Brno Theatre website).The cast includes baritone Svatopluk Sem (Sochar), mezzo Markéta Cukrova (Manzelka), baritone Roman Hoza (Kolega) and tenor Ondrej Koplik (Ministr kultury). The composer conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Brno National Theatre. David Radok directs.
The venue is the Janacek Theatre.