The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana

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    Wednesday 18. 3.

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    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Czech, Czech, English subtitles


    September 25, 2008

    Evergreen of Czech theatre and music

    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.


    Musical preparation
    Ondrej Lenárd
    Stage director
    Magdalena Švecová
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Ondřej Hučín


    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Chorus
    Continuo Theatre members under the leading of the Artistic Director Pavel Štoura
    Dancers and members of the Kühn's Childrens Choir www.kuhnata.cz

    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. 

    Photo: Hana Smejkalová

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