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Opera

The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana

Premiére performances: 26 and 28 May 2022 at the National Theatre

The National Theatre
For the whole family
Premiere production
English subtitles

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    May 2022

    Thursday 26. 5.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Featured programme ND+
    1. premiere
    Premiere
    For the whole family
    Premiere production

    Saturday 28. 5.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere
    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    June 2022

    Thursday 2. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Saturday 4. 6.
    17:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Friday 17. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Sunday 26. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Thursday 30. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles
    August 2022

    Friday 26. 8.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles
    September 2022

    Friday 2. 9.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Sunday 18. 9.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles
    October 2022

    Saturday 1. 10.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Premiere production
    English subtitles

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    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.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022
    • 2022-2023

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Alice Nellis
    Set and Light design
    Matěj Cibulka
    Choreography / Motion cooperation
    Klára Lidová
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Dramaturgy
    Ondřej Hučín

    About

    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!

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    Practical information

    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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