Valková, Míla

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(Janáček: Osud). Sop. She had an affair with the composer Živný, but they parted because her mother did not consider him good enough for her. Míla was pregnant and gave birth to their son. She and the composer meet again and renew their love. They marry and set up home together with their son and Míla's mother, who is mentally unstable. She attacks Živný and, when Míla intervenes, mother and daughter fall from a balcony and are both killed. This character is thought to be based on Kamila Urválková, who did have an affair with a composer, who then wrote an opera about it—but this was not Janáček. The composer was called Čelanský and he wrote an opera called Kamila. Created (1934, radio) by Marie Bakalová; (1958, stage) by Jindra Pokorná.

Subjects: Opera.

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