June 2023
17. June 2023

a three-part cantata for five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and large orchestra on poems by Jens Peter Jacobsen translated to German by Robert Franz Arnold. Performed in German, with Czech surtitles

“A delightful sound bath or perhaps a stunning sunset over the music of the 19th century – that’s how Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder could be characterized.”

Věra Drápelová

I. Part

  • 1. Orchestral Preludium
  • 2. Waldemar
    Nun dämpft die Dämm’rung…
  • 3. Tove
    O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen…
  • 4. Waldemar
    Ross! Mein Ross!
  • 5. Tove
    Sterne jubeln, das Meer…
  • 6. Waldemar
    So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht…
  • 7. Tove
    Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal…
  • 8. Waldemar
    Es ist Mitternachtszeit…
  • 9. Tove
    Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick…
  • 10. Waldemar
    Du wunderliche Tove!
  • 11. Orchestral Interlude
  • 12. Wood Dove
    Tauben von Gurre!

— intermission —

II. Part

  • 1. Waldemar
    Herrgott, weißt du, was du tatest…

III. Part

  • 1. Waldemar
    Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert!
  • 2. Peasant
    Deckel des Sarges klappert…
    – Du fährt’s vorbei!
  • 3. Male Choir
    Gegrüsst, o König…
  • 4. Waldemar
    Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald…
  • 5. Klaus
    Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so’n Aal…
  • 6. Waldemar
    Du strenger Richter droben…
  • 7. Male Choir
    Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht…
    Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd
  • 8. Orchestral Intermezzo
  • 9. Narrator
    Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut…
  • 10. Mixed Choir
    Seht die Sonne!


venue / Festival Hall

The multifunctional hall was nominated for the European Union's Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture in 2007.

More on venue Festival Hall

Festival catalogue

A catalogue with all program details, Litomyšl tour guide with tourist tips how to get the most from your festival visit.

Collect your order at the entrance from our ushers upon your voucher.


Intermission table

Private table with sparkling wine and refreshments.

Served in castle garden nearby during intermissions or before the show.

A / Bohemia Sekt Prestige Demi sec

B / Bohemia Sekt Prestige Brut




Programme booklet of a show

Collect your programme at the entrance from our ushers upon your voucher.

Michael Weinius
Susanne Bernhard
Štěpánka  Pučálková
Kevin Conners
Yngve Søberg
Dietrich Henschel
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Petr Popelka
790 / 890 / 990 / 1290 CZK
50% discount for health disability cards holders


presale from 27th 4.

1 intermission
Estimated end at 10 p.m.  



Michael Weinius – Waldemar
Susanne Bernhard – Tove
Štěpánka Pučálková – Wood Dove
Kevin Conners – Klaus the Jester
Yngve Søberg – Peasant
Dietrich Henschel – Narrator
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Choirmaster Petr Fiala
Slovak Philharmonic Choir (male voices) 
Choirmaster Jozef Chabroň
Norwegian Radio Orchestra 
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Petr Popelka

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