Marie Červinková-Riegrová

Marie Červinková-Riegrová (1854–1894)

Czech author, librettist, and translator (b. 19 January 1854; d. 9 August 1894 in Prague), born Marie Riegrová.

The daughter of leading Czech politician František Ladislav Rieger, and a granddaughter of the famous historian František Palacký, in 1874 Marie married the composer Václav Červinka (1844–1929). She was a singer, painter and writer, providing librettos for Antonín Dvořák's operas Dimitri and The Jacobin. She also translated the libretto of Tchaikovsky's opera Yevgeny Onegin into the Czech language, and accompanied Dvořák and Tchaikovsky during their meetings in Prague in the spring and autumn of 1888.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Marie Červinková-Riegrová has survived, dating from 1888, and has been translated into English on this website:

2 letters from Marie Červinková-Riegrová to the composer, dating from 1888, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum archive.