Bartered Bride as the founding work of the world’s operatic repertoire. One new stamp with a national motive released by Czech Post

May 15th, 2016

The Bartered Bride is a comic opera in three acts with music by Bedřich Smetana and a libretto by Karel Sabina. The opera was composed in 1863-66 and premiered at the Provisional Theater in Prague on 30 May 1866. To commemorate this significant work of art Czech Post has released special stamp depicting a girl in a traditional national costume. invites our readers to appreciate the original design of this bright stamp.

Bedřich Smetana's The Bartered Bride, the founding work of modern Czech opera, soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the world's operatic repertoire. The 20th National Theater production of the evergreen of Czech theater and music is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman.

Magdalena Švecová has chosen neither the path of provocative or scandalous interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of obsolete models.

The Bartered Bride's grotesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness, intelligent wit and hyperbole, as well as an understanding for the long-gone order (disorder) of human lives in the Czech village.