The opera Die Burgfrau (Brno 1832) is based on the local folk tale of the White Lady, a friendly ghost, who once used to reside in the castle of Pernstejn. In the first half of the nineteenth century pieces as such were shown on stage of the City Theatre at the Zelny trh in Brno, often of Singspiel quality. The opera of the White Lady surpasses all of them in structure and thorough elaboration. In spite of their young age, the authors represented first-class among contemporary artists in Moravia. The author of the libretto Antonin Bocek (1802-1847) was a known Moravian historian, whose premature death prevented him to finish his life-work. When composing the opera, the composer Antonin Emil Titl (1809-1882) was double-bass player in the Brno theatre; later, he went on to become bandmaster in Vienna. The opera combines elements of the tale with historical events. In part, it presents historical figures, and even gives the date of 1545. The ghost of the White Lady interferes in the events, in which love wins over hatred, and evil is punished. The opera met with warm welcome when first performed in Brno, and was later shown in Olomouc as well. However, it did not make it to the Vienna stage.
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