First performed in 1866 and set in a 19th Century Bohemian village this is the story of an arranged marriage and plenty of confusion as suitors are spurned and spurn in their turn. Smetana wrote five versions of this opera/operetta. Sung in English with surtitles. Running time 2 hours 45 minutes. Supported (1992) by The American Friends of Covent Garden and The Royal Ballet, Inc. There is a schools matinee performance of The Bartered Bride
on Wednesday 14 November.Performers Susan Gritton (Marenka), Paul Charles Clarke (Jenik), Jeremy White (Micha), Timothy Robinson (Vasek), Paata Burchuladze (Kecal), Alan Opie (Krusina), Diana Montague (Hata), Yvonne Howard (Ludmila), Robin Leggate, Yvette Bonner, Roberto Salvatori.
Music Smetana. Lyrics Sabina. Company Royal Opera. Conductor Charles Mackerras. Director Francesca Zambello. Design Alison Chitty. Lighting Wolfgang Gobbel. Choreographer Denni Sayers. Translation Kit Hesketh Harvey.