The Bartered Bride Tickets 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
St. James Theatre
THE BARTERED BRIDE
(22 – 29 September, Auckland; 13 – 20 October, Wellington)
“... the show zips along, joyfully, liberatingly. Pure heaven.” – The Times, UK
“… one of the most vivaciously animated productions in years.” – The Guardian, UK
Bedrich Smetana’s dream to establish a Czech national opera was realised with The Bartered Bride, his second opera, and the first Czech opera to become a worldwide hit.
An effervescent, comic look at Bohemian life, The Bartered Bride is a tale of true love prevailing despite the best efforts of a scheming marriage broker and a couple of social-climbing parents.
Aidan Lang says he is excited to be presenting The Bartered Bride to New Zealand audiences, particularly as it is the highly acclaimed Opera North production directed by Daniel Slater.
“This is a thoughtful and highly engaging production,” he says; “it’s a comedy, but with an edge to it. Daniel directs it at a very human level and paints clearly the dilemmas the characters go through. He takes the piece at face value, deliberately moving away from a folkloric look and instead dealing with real people in real situations.
“The result is a potent piece of comedic theatre.”
A largely New Zealand cast has been secured with principal roles taken by Anna Leese, Conal Coad, Patricia Wright, Helen Medlyn, Richard Green and Andrew Glover.
And returning following critical acclaim as conductor of 2011’s Cav & Pag is Oliver von Dohnányi, Director of the State Opera of Prague and the original conductor of this production when it was performed in the UK.
“With a famous overture that promises an even madder day than The Marriage of Figaro – and delivers on that promise – our Bartered Bride is a political comedy featuring polkas, fights, excessive amounts of Czech beer, a brilliant anti-Communist circus and a dancing Russian bear.”
– Daniel Slater, Director
THE BARTERED BRIDE by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor OLIVER VON DOHNÁNYI
Director DANIEL SLATER
Associate Director/Choreographer TIM CLAYDON
Production Designer ROBERT INNES HOPKINS
Lighting Designer SIMON MILLS
Marenka ANNA LEESE
Jenik PETER WEDD
Kecal CONAL COAD
Vašek ANDREW GLOVER
Esmeralda TARYN FIEBIG
Krušina RICHARD ALEXANDER
Ludmila PATRICA WRIGHT
Micha RICHARD GREEN
Hata HELEN MEDLYN
Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Vector Wellington Orchestra
With the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus
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