Aria: Na to bych se podívala

Composer: Dvořák Antonín

Opera: The Stubborn Lovers

Role: Lenka (Soprano)

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Jak jest mi jen?. Lenka. The Stubborn Lovers. DvořákWir armen, armen Mädchen. Marie. Der Waffenschmied. LortzingRegnava nel silenzio. Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia di Lammermoor. DonizettiTutte nel cor vi sento. Electra. Idomeneo. MozartO Patria Mia. Aïda. Aida. VerdiDa quel di che l'innocente. Antonina. Belisario. DonizettiCol peso del tuo amor. Poppea. Agrippina. HandelOh, what full delight. Arline. The Bohemian Girl. BalfePace, pace mio Dio!. Leonora. La forza del destino. VerdiO mio babbino caro. Lauretta. Gianni Schicchi. Puccini
The Stubborn Lovers (Czech: Tvrdé palice), Op. 17, is a one-act comic opera in 16 scenes by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1874 to the libretto of the Czech lawyer and writer Josef Štolba (1846–1930). In English, the work is also known as The Pig-Headed Peasants.
The première took place on 2 October 1881 at the New Czech Theatre (Nové české divadlo [cs]) in Prague, but was withdrawn from the stage after the second performance as the management of the theatre could not reach an agreement with the composer on his royalties. The opera was staged very rarely during Dvořák's lifetime; nonetheless, it later became part of the standard Czech operatic repertoire.
Two village neighbours, widower Vávra and widow Říhová, came to an agreement that their children, Toník and Lenka, will be married, but without their approval. The godfather of the youngsters, old Řeřicha, knows that they love each other, but they are too stubborn to yield to any pressure. The young pair refuses to obey their parents and the cunning Řeřicha tries to find a way out. He suggests to the lovers that actually old Vávra (Toník's father) wants to marry Lenka, while Říhová (Lenka's mother) is to get Toník as a husband. Řeřicha arranges a secret meeting, first with Lenka then with Toník, and they spy on the meetings of their counterparts and their alleged old suitors. Toník and Lenka start to be jealous of each other. Řeřicha's successful trick spreads fast through the village and the parents become targets of ridicule. Toník and Lenka regret their stubbornness and admit their love. Finally, Řeřicha admits he set the trap only for the sake of uniting the "stubborn lovers", and everything concludes in a happy ending.