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Playing: 24 Preludes Op.28 for piano by Frédéric Chopin
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Act 3

Duration:
1 hour, 5 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 20 May 2011

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Smetana - The Bartered Bride

Jiri Belohlávek turns to one of the great keystones of Czech opera for his final festive celebration of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 80th season. Smetana's comic opera, with its potent blend of Bohemian dances, heartfelt melodies and flamboyant Czech spirit, achieved global success in the 1870s and has remained in the international repertoire ever since. It's a typical operatic story - will Jeník win the hand of his love Marenka in spite of parents, marriage brokers, mistaken identities and a drunken bear? Find out as the BBC SO's Chief Conductor conducts a starry all-Czech cast.

8.55 Smetana: The Bartered Bride - Act 3

Jiri Belohlávek conductor

Marenka ..... Dana Buresová (soprano)
Jeník ..... Tomás Juhás (tenor)
Kecal ..... Jozef Benci (bass)
Vasek ..... Ales Vorácek (tenor)
Esmeralda ..... Katerina Knezikova (soprano)
Hata ..... Lucie Hilscherová (mezzo-soprano)
Micha ..... Gustav Belacek (bass)
Ringmaster ..... Jaroslav Brezina (tenor)
Krusina ..... Svatopluk Sem (baritone)
Ludmila ..... Stanislava Jirku (soprano)
Indian ..... Ondrej Mraz (bass)
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Jiri Belohlávek (conductor).

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