The Bartered Bride
Premiére performances: 26 and 28 May 2022 at the National Theatre
Thursday 26. 5.Tickets available
Saturday 28. 5.Tickets available
Thursday 2. 6.Tickets available
Saturday 4. 6.Tickets available
Friday 17. 6.Tickets available
Sunday 26. 6.Tickets available
Thursday 30. 6.Tickets available
Friday 26. 8.Tickets available
Friday 2. 9.Tickets available
Sunday 18. 9.Tickets available
Saturday 1. 10.Tickets available
The National TheatreLanguage
In Czech, subtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
Premiere: 22 and 24 April 2021 at the National Theatre
For over 150 years, The Bartered Bride has occupied the top position among Czech operas. Said to be now part of the Czech DNA, its popularity even eclipses that of Bedřich Smetana, its creator. Yet at the time when it came into being, in the 1870s, The Bartered Bride was a rather audacious experiment.
National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet
Smetana and the librettist Karel Sabina masterfully mocked all those who expected the “national opera” to be an idyllic picture of the Czech countryside, with its inhabitants being virtuous and governed by high morals. The Bartered Bride is thus far more humorous than “national”. Nonetheless, its humour is precisely of the type Czechs so love, and hence Smetana’s opera, abounding in irony, scathing, occasionally even cynical, wit, as well as tenderness and simple joie de vivre, has ultimately become “national” in the best sense of the word ...
To date, the National Theatre in Prague has made 20 productions of The Bartered Bride. The 21st was entrusted to the film and stage director Alice Nellis. What will prevail now? Sentimental foregrounding of the life in a picturesque Czech village, or jest and the self-irony with which Smetana and Sabina imbued their opera? Don’t guess. Come and check out for yourself!
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 May at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of October 2022.
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What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Buffets at the National Theater
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