The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana

The Bartered Bride


Comic opera in three acts performed in Czech

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.Indeed, in composing this opus Smetana was wary of the national mission of his opera that was to also play a political role during the national renascence.Yet we still perceive this this gem of Czech operatic opus more like a unique connection of characteristically Czech humour with rural colour scheme and an original music language of the exceptional composer.

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins with one interval

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Production Team