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The Bartered Bride - Opera

Venue: Prague National Theatre

 
Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
 
 
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The Bartered Bride - Opera
Sun 16 December 2018
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Composer: Bedřich Smetana

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 and English and German surtitles are used in the performance.



Photo: Hana Smejkalová



Duration of the performance: 3 hours, 2 intermissions

 
Program details
 

Cast 2018/2019


Mařenka: Petra Alvarez Šimková, Dana Burešová, Alžběta Poláčková
Jeník: Peter Berger, Aleš Briscein, Jaroslav Březina, Tomáš Černý
Kecal: Zdeněk Plech, Jiří Sulženko, Luděk Vele
Vašek: Václav Lemberk, Josef Moravec, Aleš Voráček
Krušina: Roman Janál, Ivan Kusnjer
Ludmila: Stanislava Jirků, Simona Procházková, Jitka Svobodová
Mícha: Aleš Hendrych, František Zahradníček
Háta: Yvona Škvárová, Lenka Šmídová, Eliška Weissová
Principal: Vladimír Doležal, Jan Markvart
Esmeralda: Hana Jonášová, Petra Nôtová, Lucie Silkenová
Indian: Lukáš Bařák, Pavel Švingr

 

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


CAST


Mařenka
Dana Burešová   
Alžběta Poláčková

Jeník
Peter Berger   
Aleš Briscein 
Jaroslav Březina   
Tomáš Černý

Kecal
Zdeněk Plech   
Jiří Sulženko 
Luděk Vele

Vašek
Jaroslav Březina   
Václav Lemberk 
Josef Moravec   
Aleš Voráček

Krušina
Roman Janál   
Ivan Kusnjer

Ludmila
Stanislava Jirků   
Simona Procházková 
Jitka Svobodová

Mícha
Aleš Hendrych   
František Zahradníček

Háta
Yvona Škvárová   
Lenka Šmídová 
Eliška Weissová

Principal
Vladimír Doležal   
Jan Markvart

Esmeralda
Hana Jonášová   
Lucie Silkenová

Indian
Pavel Novák

 

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus



Premiere: September 25, 2008

 
Venue
 
Prague National Theatre
 

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