6 Jan 2006 00:00 - 20 Jan 2006 00:00
The Bartered Bride
Opera goes to the circus in a colourful bitter-sweet comedy of love and village life.
6 | 9 | 12 | 17 | 20 January at 7.30 pm
14 January at 12.30pm
Revival supported (2005) by The Friends of Covent Garden.
Village life: peaceful, sleepy, uneventful... Wrong.
Francesca Zambello's popular production of this boisterous comedy returns in Kit Hesketh Harvey's English translation, with all the Technicolor brilliance of Alison Chitty's designs.
Smetana's infectiously tuneful score, infused with Czech folk melodies and dance rhythms, is again conducted by Charles Mackerras, while the cast is led once more by Susan Gritton in the title role as the peasant girl Marenka, who is ruinously in love with the penniless Jeník (Simon O'Neill in his role debut).
Thanks to the machinations of the haggling marriage broker Kecal (Peter Rose, and Jeremy White), who is trying to hoodwink Jeník, she finds herself plotting to save herself from ending up with rich, nice but dim,Vašek (Timothy Robinson returning to the role).
Throw in a travelling circus (Robert Tear and Yvette Bonner once again as the Ringmaster and the alluring Esmeralda), and even a bear to terrorize the villagers, and an evening of merriment and mayhem is guaranteed.
Tickets: £ 90 | £ 80 | £ 70 | £ 65 | £ 45 | £ 36 | £ 27 | £ 20 | £ 13 | £ 7 | £ 5
Special family ticket: Buy one £ 90 in the Orchestra Stalls and bring up two children (under 18) for half-price. To book for this special offer please telephone Royal Opera House Box Office.
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Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Director: Francesca Zambello
Designs: Alison Chitty
Lighting: Peter Mumford
Choreography: Denni Sayers
Krusina: Donald Maxwell
Ludmila: Susan Bickley
Marenka: Susan Gritton
Micha: Mark Richardson
Hata: Carole Wilson
Vasek: Timothy Robinson
Jenik: Simon O'Neill
Kecal (6, 9, 12, 17, 20 Jan): Peter Rose
Kecal (14 Jan mat.): Jeremy White
Ringmaster: Robert Tear
Esmeralda: Yvette Bonner
Indian: Eddie Wade
Sung in English with English subtitles
Running Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Box Office: 020 73 04 4000 | 10 am – 8pm Mon – Sat
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 6 Jan 2006 00:00
To: 20 Jan 2006 00:00
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD