The Bartered Bride
- 26. 2. 2018
- 16. 4. 2018
- 8. 5. 2018
- 1. 6. 2018
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.
author: Bedřich Smetana
musical preparation: Ondrej Lenárd
conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink/David Švec
stage director: Magdalena Švecová
sets: Petr Matásek
costumes: Zuzana Přidalová
cast: Petra Alvarez Šimková/Dana Burešová/Alžběta Poláčková, Peter Berger/Aleš Briscein/Jaroslav Březina/Tomáš Černý, Zdeněk Plech/Jiří Sulženko/Luděk Vele ...
duration of the performance: 3 h (2 intermissions)