Opera The National Theatre

The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana

Programme was changed!


Musical preparation: Ondrej Lenárd
Stage director: Magdalena Švecová
Sets: Petr Matásek
Costumes: Zuzana Přidalová
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk
Choreography: Ladislava Košíková
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín



Dear theatre-goers,
please accept our sincere apologies for the change in today’s performance - The Bartered Bride (October, 12th).
The tickets you purchased remain valid for the substitute performance (The Cunning Little Vixen). In the event that you
have already seen the production, and you will not attend it, we will refund you the full price of
the ticket/s. Tickets need to be returned within 7 days after the former date of the performance.
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National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Continuo Theatre members under the leading of the Artistic Director Pavel Štourač, dancers, members of the Kühn's Childrens Choir

Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, the founding work of modern Czech opera, soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the world’s operatic repertoire. The 20th National Theatre production of the evergreen of Czech theatre and music is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman. Magdalena Švecová has chosen neither the path of provocative or scandalous interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of obsolete models. The Bartered Bride’s grotesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness, intelligent wit and hyperbole, as well as an understanding for the long-gone order (disorder) of human lives in the Czech village. The production’s forcibility is enhanced by Zuzana Přidalová’s costumes, inspired by plant and animal motifs, and Ladislava Košíková’s stylish choreography charged with energy and replete with naturalness.

The opera is staged in the Czech original version. Czech and English subtitles are used in the performance.

Approximate running time, including intermissions:
3 hours, two 20-minute intermissions.

Premiere: September 25, 2008

Photo: Hana Smejkalová

In our e-shop

The Bartered Bride Programme

A booklet for the production of The Bartered Bride

70 CZK

Bedřich Smetana Opera Memory Card

Memory card game with pictures from famous operas by Bedřich Smetana

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