The Bartered Bride


This light-hearted opera is set in a Bohemian village in the 19th century. It tells the story of lovers Mařenka and Jeník, and how their true love prevails over the combined efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker. Matters are complicated by the arrival of a travelling circus and a jilted lover dressed as a dancing bear! The lively music reflects Bohemian and Czech folk song and dance tunes.

Surrey Opera staged the opera in traditional style but in a modern English translation by Amanda Holden, with professional soloists, full chorus and orchestra.

Conductor Jonathan Butcher
Director James Hurley
Designer Madeleine Millar
Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne


MařenkaRebecca Hodgetts
Joanna Weeks
Vašek Rhys Bowden
Jeník Greg Tassell
Stephen Anthony Brown
MíchaEdwin Hawkes
Kecal Tim Baldwin
HátaAngela Fuller
KrušinaDaniel Roddick
Esmeralda Rebecca Moon
Ludmila Rhonda Browne
RingmasterRichard Jeffery