Overview


Synopsis

In a small Bohemian village, the fair maiden Mařenka is enamored with her sweetheart, Jeník. The problem? Her parents have brokered a marriage for her with the bumbling, stuttering son of a rich farmer to whom Mařenka’s father owes a debt. Appalled at the thought of having to be parted, Mařenka and Jeník use their wits (and a very convenient secret that Jeník has been harboring) to outsmart the conniving marriage broker, and true love triumphs. Rich with humor, wit, and soaring Czech folk sonorities, The Bartered Bride is Bedřich Smetana’s most widely-known and beloved opera.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Tenor



Show Information

Libretto:
Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1866
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
unspecified (likely 1800s), a small village in bohemia
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
professional, university, regional
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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