The Bartered Bride
BY BEDRICH SMETANA
New Text and Lyrics by Julia de Plater and Luise Napier
adapted from the translation by Rosa Newmarch
Set within a Czech community in rural Australia during May Day celebrations, where traditional cultural values are challenged and juxtaposed, Czech composer Bedřich Smetana's joyous opera is infused with the rich atmosphere of colourful village life and folk traditions, beautifully depicted by his lavish and evocative musical score.
The story unfolds against this background involving the secret love between Mařenka and Jenik; the machinations and financial bargaining powers of the wily and determined marriage broker Kecal to arrange and "unarrange" marriages, particularly those involving Mařenka and Vašek and his crafty negotiations with their respective parents; the closely held secret of Jenik's background; the inevitable happy ending but not perhaps as expected because of an amazing plot twist!
Director - Luise Napier
Musical Director - Julia de Plater
Choreographer - Rachael Fullston
ROCKDALE TOWN HALL
Saturday 12th November 7:30 pm
Sunday 13th November 2:00 pm
Saturday 19th November 7:30 pm
Sunday 20th November 2:00 pm
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Georgia Kokkoris - Mařenka
Joshua Oxley - Jenik
Christopher Curcuruto - Kecal
Blake Parham - Vašek
Kate Wilmot - Ludmila
Rory Struthers - Krušina
Frances Carlile - Hata
Jonathan Carlile - Micha
Rachael Fullston - Esmeralda
Ray Dubber - Directeur de Cirque
and the ladies and gentlemen of
Rockdale Opera Company's ensemble
ROCKDALE OPERA COMPANY CO PATRONS DANIEL SUMEGI & JOSÉ CARBÓ
A message from Daniel Sumegi
“As Australia’s oldest opera company, Rockdale Opera Company has provided a much needed platform for young aspiring professionals to ‘tread the boards’ alongside the people that make up the bulk of the company - the true opera lovers. I made my solo debut at Rockdale 31 years ago as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville alongside the beautiful Deborah Riedel. Having then sung in four other productions with ROC in my early days, I moved out into the wider vocal world - where I have proudly been singing professionally since 1988.
Rockdale Opera Company is very much a community organisation and has been generously supported by the Rockdale City Council for many generations.The word ‘Rockdale’ resonates so powerfully throughout the operatic family and I sincerely hope this invaluable cornerstone of our culture continues to flourish”.
A message from José Carbó
"As an up and coming singer, I was fortunate to have performed five roles with the company. Since establishing my professional career, I now consider it an honour and a responsibility to ensure there continues to be a platform which will enable the company to further prosper and adapt to the requirements and demands of present day live operatic entertainment. It is vital we succeed so future generations of singers can continue to have the opportunity and a platform where they can learn their trade and ply their craft and gain much needed and valuable performance experience, as I and all that came before me have had."