Synopsis

Leoš Janáček

Synopsis

Brouček has had too much to drink. On his way home from the pub, he becomes fascinated by the moon. Soon he is addressing Blankytny, a moonbeam who looks surprisingly like his tenant Mazal. Blankytny is angered when Brouček is drawn to Etherea (who has an amazing resemblance to Mazal’s lover Málinka). Brouček and Etherea escape on a winged horse to the Temple of the Arts, but their sausage-eating and use of the word ‘nose’ offend the vegetarian artists and they are banished, whereupon Brouček wakes to find himself being carried home. Another day, another drunken walk back from the pub. This time Brouček is caught up in the 15th-century Hussite Wars in Prague, and arrested as a spy because of his strange 19th-century ways. His lighting of a cigar causes him to be denounced as the anti-Christ and he is sentenced to be burned to death in a beer barrel – which is what he has fallen into in the first place.

 

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