Bartered Bride, The

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Village life is given a shaken up with love triangles, a travelling circus and a rampaging bear in Smetana's comic opera. Read More >

Life in a village should be quiet, peaceful, serene; but not in Francesca Zambello’s production of Smetana’s boisterous comedy.

As with all the best operatic comedies, the plot revolves around a love triangle: peasant girl Marenka is deeply in love with the penniless Jeník. However, the wily marriage broker Kecal is trying to hoodwink Jeník, so Marenka finds herself facing a life with the rich, but fairly thick Vašek. As if this was not enough, there is a travelling circus complete with Ringmaster, the alluring Esmerelda and a terrorising bear!

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 06/01/2006

Closing Night: 20/01/2006

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Donald Maxwell, Susan Bickley, Susan Gritton, Jonathan Best, Carole Wilson, Timothy Robinson, Simon O'Neill, Peter Rose/Jeremy White, Robert Tear, Yvette Bonner, Eddie Wade


Director - Francesca Zambello

Producer - The Royal Opera

Designer - Alison Chitty

Choreographer - Denni Sayers

Conductor - Charles Mackerras

Lighting Designer - Wolfgang Gobbel

Author - Libretto by Karel Sabina

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