The National Theatre

The Bartered Bride

Classic Czech story about love and greed.

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Thursday

10/28/2021


5:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha 1


190 - 1190 CZK

Thursday

11/4/2021


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha 1


190 - 1190 CZK

Saturday

11/13/2021


2:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha 1


150 - 690 CZK

Saturday

11/20/2021


2:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha 1


150 - 690 CZK

Wednesday

11/24/2021


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha 1


190 - 1190 CZK

Description

ABOUT PERFORMANCE

Set to Karel Sabina’s comic libretto, Bedřich Smetana endowed his music with jest and wit, hyperbole, cheerful energy and moving ardour. No other composer had previously succeeded in conceiving an opera possessing such a natural, while original, Czech tone. That is why The Bartered Bride has deservedly been deemed the founding work of modern Czech opera and, by extension, Czech music in general. The piece soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the world’s opera repertoire.

The 20th National Theatre production of one of the most famous Czech operas is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman. Magdalena Švecová has chosen neither the path of provocative or divisive interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of outdated models. The Bartered Bride’s burlesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness and intelligent wit, 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 verve.

CAST AND CREATIVE

Cast: Dana Burešová / Alžběta poláčková / Jana Sibera (Mařenka), Peter Berger / Aleš Briscein (Jeník), Jiří Sulženko / Zdeněk Plech (Kecal) and others.

National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Continuo Theatre members under the leading of the Artistic Director Pavel Štourač, dancers, members of the Kühn's Childrens Choir 
Soloists of the National Theatre Opera, the National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra

Length 180 minutes
Czech subtitles
English subtitles
Wheelchair access
Break 2x20 minutes
Music
Bedřich Smetana
Stage director
Magdalena Švecová
Conductor
Jaroslav Kyzlink
Conductor
David Švec
Costumes
Zuzana Přidalová
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