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The Bartered BrideKids eventNew production

National Theatre (Národní divadlo)Ostrovní 1, Praha 1, Prague, Central Bohemian Region, 11000, Czech Republic
Dates/times in Prague time zone
Friday 26 August 202219:00
Friday 02 September 202219:00
Sunday 18 September 202219:00
Saturday 01 October 202219:00
Friday 18 November 202219:00
Friday 16 December 202219:00
Sunday 01 January 202317:00
Wednesday 11 January 202319:00
Wednesday 01 February 202319:00
Wednesday 15 February 202319:00
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Prague National Theatre Opera
Jaroslav KyzlinkConductor
David ŠvecConductor
Alice NellisDirector
Matěj CibulkaSet Designer, Lighting Designer
Kateřina ŠtefkováCostume Designer
Prague National Theatre Orchestra
Prague National Theatre Chorus
Michal MocňákVideo Artist
Ondřej HučínDramaturgy
Jana SiberaSopranoMařenka
Alžběta PoláčkováSopranoMařenka
Kateřina KněžíkováSopranoMařenka
Markéta KlaudováSopranoMařenka
Doubravka SoučkováSopranoMařenka
Magdalena HeboussováSopranoMařenka
Peter BergerTenorJeník
Richard SamekTenorJeník
Jiří SulženkoBassKecal
Zdeněk PlechBassKecal
Ondřej KoplíkTenorVašek
Josef MoravecTenorVašek
Roman JanálBaritoneKrušina, The Indian
Jiří HájekBaritoneKrušina, The Indian
Lucie HájkováSopranoLudmila, Esmeralda
Maria KobielskaSopranoLudmila, Esmeralda
Roman VocelBassMicha
František ZahradníčekBassMicha
Jana SýkorováMezzo-sopranoHáta
Yvona ŠkvárováMezzo-sopranoHáta
Jaroslav BřezinaTenorThe Ringmaster (Principál)
Tomáš KořínekTenorThe Ringmaster (Principál)
Prague State Opera
Klára LidováChoreography
Pavel VaněkChoirmaster / chorus director

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. 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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