Prodana Nevesta (Bedrich Smetana) - Filmed Opera - RIP DVD
TV-Film from 1981 - Directed by Frantisek Filip
Bedrich Smetana (March 2, 1824 – May 12, 1884) composed The Bartered Bride (Prodana Nevesta), a three-act Czech comic opera. Libretto was written by Karel Sabina as an original work. It was premiered in Prague, Provisional Theater, May 30, 1866. The setting is in a Bohemian village in the 19th century.
Smetana, best known for his symphonic poem, Ma Vlast ('My Country'), is the first great Czech opera composer. The Bartered Bride is the opera that made him famous.
Character Roles of The Bartered Bride
* Marenka, a village girl (soprano)
* Vasek, Micha's son (tenor)
* Jenik, Marenka's love (tenor)
* Kecal, marriage broker (bass)
* Krusina, father of Marenka (baritone)
* Ludmila, mother of Marenka (soprano)
* Micha, Vasek's wealthy father (bass)
* Esmeralda, an acrobat (soprano)
* Hata, Micha's wife (mezzo)
* Company manager (tenor)
Plot Summary / Synopses
Act 1. The Main Square of a Village, on a Feast Day in Spring
The villagers sing about love and its perils. Jenik assures Marenka that her parents will not succeed in parting them. He tells her how he was driven from home by his step-mother. She then he has wandered away like a drifter. Kecal, the marriage broker persuades Marenka's doubting parents, Krusina and Ludmila, to place Marenka in his hands when it comes to marriage, that she will marry Tobias Micha's son. Micha's son by his first marriage has disappeared, but his youngest son, Vasek, will make a good son-in-law. Kecal praises Vasek and his wealth.
Act 2. .... you'll have to find out for yourself! :D
Czech Subtitles, Czech Audio - 2006 Supraphone Music DVD