Overture and 'The Bartered Bride'
Act II of the Opera by Smstana
Scene: The Interior of an Inn
Cast in order of appearance :
Conductor, LAWRANCE COLLINGWOOD
Producer, CLIVE CAREY
Chorus Master, GEOFFREY CORBETT
Leader of the Orchestra,
From Sadler's Wells Theatre
The plot of Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride, briefly told,- is this: Marenka, the pretty daughter of a peasant couple, is promised in marriage to Vashek (son of Micha, a wealthy farmer) whom she has never seen. She objects to the suit because she is already in love with Jenick, whose doubtful parentage and position make him a less desirable match. The marriage-broker Kecal intrigues on her parents' behalf to bring off the union between Marenka and the rich but stupid Vashek. As these two have never met, Marenka easily contrives to conceal her identity and put Vashek off the track. But meanwhile the marriage-broker persuades Jenick to relinquish his chance of obtaining Marenka by accepting a bribe to give her up-on condition that her bride-groom shall be Micha's son. The usual complications follow and in the last Act everything is happily cleared up.
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