Antonín Dvořák – operní skladatel / Antonín Dvořák: The Opera Composer
Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) has achieved international recognition as a composer of instrumental music but not of Czech national opera. Like Bedřich Smetana, he built up a Czech national opera with a diversity of operatic genres. He dealt with various stimuli including, in particular, German Romantic opera, opéra-comique including Smetana’s comic and folk operas, historical grand operas, and fairytale operas. Dvořák approached opera from the departure point of a symphonic conception of the opera orchestra. His contribution on a Europe-wide scale consists of his own original merger of opera with self-contained numbers with the Wagnerian principle of orchestral commentary and his enriching of fairytale opera with instances of unique material and expression.