The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana

The Bartered Bride


Comic opera in three acts in the Czech language

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
27. 3. 2009

There was an occasion when Bedřich Smetana called his opera The Bartered Bride a play. He meant its lighter, comedy genre, which he understood as a kind of composition distraction, besides other great and serious projects. The work is characterized by its comedy poetics, but also the national idea and the idea of a music theatre supported by popular traditions. Four versions were needed for the composer to elaborate the typical popular comedy and create a specific Czech opera comedy.

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins with one interval

Production Team

Conductor Dušan Štefánek Ondrej Olos (as a guest)
Stage design Frank Chamier
Chorusmaster Pavel Procházka