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Join us for new production of the Bartered Bride!



The premieres of the new production of The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana directed by the film director Alice Nellis are almost here – as early as 26 and 28 May! This will be the twenty-first production of this beloved opera in the National Theatre. And what is there to look forward to?

“Spectators will get an opportunity to – in a sense – take a peek behind the scenes of the National Theatre and witness the production being “built”.  They can see for themselves, how this creative process consists of a string of powerful experiences – sometimes very complex ones, sometimes funny ones, at times almost mirroring the story of the opera itself. So, while it is our plan to let the music flow in its undisturbed beauty, the production is about making fun of ourselves a bit, how we (sometimes) desperately try to bring something “new” only to find out that the best way is to approach this beautiful but “oh-so-often” produced  opera in a relaxed manner. Our aim is to find an interpretation of the piece, which is original, but remains clear and playful,” said Alice Nellis about her “take” on the production.  

The Music Director of the National Opera, Jaroslav Kyzlink, will be conducting the National Theatre Orchestra and an ensemble of soloists led by Kateřina Kněžíková, who recently won the BBC Music Magazine Award, alternating with Alžběta Poláčková in the role of Mařenka. Peter Berger and Richard Samek will take turns in the role of Jeník. Kecal will be sung by Zdeněk Plech and Jiří Sulženko, the role of Vašek will be entrusted to Ondřej Koplík and Josef Moravec. As a surprise for the audience, the production will also feature “young Mařenka” performed by Markéta Klaudová and Doubrava Součková.