From the Barbican Hall, London. For his final celebration of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 80th season, Jiri Belohlavek conducts Acts 1 and 2 of Smetana's The Bartered Bride.
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.
7.00 Smetana: The Bartered Bride - Acts 1 & 2
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)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlávek (conductor).
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