The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek)  (Mackerras;  Beno Blachut, Eva Randova, Lucia  Popp)  (2-Decca 417 129)
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The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek)  (Mackerras;  Beno Blachut, Eva Randova, Lucia  Popp)  (2-Decca 417 129)
OP0315. THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN (Janácek), recorded 1982, w.Mackerras Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble & Bratislava Children's Choir Chorus; Beno Blachut, Eva Randova, Libuse Marova, Ivana Mixova, Vladimir Krejcik, Dalibor Jedlicka, Lucia Popp, Richard Novak, Eva Zikmundov, Gertrude Jahn, Zuzana Hudecov, Miriam Ondrásková, Eva Hudecová, Peter Saray, Vaclav Zitek. (Germany) 2-Decca 417 129, Slipcase Edition, w. Elaborate libretto-booklet. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 028941712929

CRITIC REVIEW:

“In Prague Blachut he began to sing works from the dramatic repertoire, especially in operas by Janáček, Dvorák, and Smetana. On 3 February 1942 he starred in the world premiere of František Škroup’s COLUMBUS (composed in 1855). Outside the Czech repertoire, he sang Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Cavaradossi in TOSCA, Don José in CARMEN, Ferrando in COSĚ FAN TUTTE, Florestan in FIDELIO, Hermann in THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Lensky in EUGENE ONEGIN, Pierre Bezukhov in WAR AND PEACE, Radames in AIDA, Walther in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, and the title roles in FAUST and OTELLO among other roles.

By 1945 Blachut’s performance credits had grown to include almost all of the major tenor parts from the Czech repertory. At this point he was widely view as Czechoslovakia’s leading tenor and he appeared on tour with the Czech National Opera in opera performances in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Russia. He also appeared with the company in England at the 1964 Edinburgh Festival in an acclaimed portrayal of Luka Kuzmi in Janácek’s FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. He returned to Edinburgh for another lauded performance in 1970 in THE EXCURSIONS OF MR. BROUCEK. That same year he sang in the world premiere of Jirí Pauer’s ZDRAVÝ NEMOCNÝ in Prague after LE MALADE IMAGINAIRE by Moličre. Blachut was also highly regarded internationally for his portrayal of the title role in Smetana’s DALIBOR.

In addition to his performances with the Prague Opera, Blachut also occasionally worked as freelance artist, notably making guest appearances at La Fenice, Deutsche Oper Berlin, De Nederlandse Opera, the Finnish National Opera,and the Vienna State Opera. In 1959 he appeared at the Holland Festival as Boris in KÁTYA KABANOVÁ. Blachut was also active as a concert singer, appearing in productions like Dvorák’s STABAT MATER and Janácek’s GLAGOLITIC MASS. He was particularly known for his interpretation of Janácek’s THE DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED and his recording of that work is considered by many critics to be the remaining definitive interpretation.”

- Operalogg