Svätopluk

Eugen Suchoň

Svätopluk

Opera

Music drama in three acts

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
7. 11. 2008

This monumental historic drama is not only a celebration of famous history of West Slavs, but also a convincing music drama, with its complex inner world of the leading characters. Svätopluk has got a dilemma: to fight for new Christian future, or give way to the Pagans; to follow the heritage of Rastislav, or keep in power for every price? He suffers also because of his personal drama of a king, who committed serious moral crimes on his way to power. His reconciliation with God and his own conscience comes as a culmination of the drama at the end, in form of a prophetic wisdom and indulgence.

Running time: 3 hrs 30 mins with two intervals