As the 'bartered bride' of the title is soprano Natalya Romaniw, who garners rave reviews wherever she sings. She appears in quick succession this spring at English National Opera in Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, at Garsington, and then in the title role of Iolanta for Opera Holland Park.
Natalya Romaniw appeared at Garsington in Eugene Onegin in 2016, with Roderick Williams. Photo: Mark Douet
Romaniw, who was a wonderful Tatyana in Eugene Onegin in 2016, returns to Garsington to sing Marenka, who is in love with Jenik, sung by Brendan Gunnell. But her parents want her to make another match. Naturally, love wins the day, but not before many trials and tribulations for the couple.
The very strong cast also includes baritone Joshua Bloom, who sang Mozart's Figaro in 2017. and tenors Stuart Jackson and Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts.
In The Bartered Bride Smetana skilfully evokes the folk idiom of his native Bohemia in his highly infectious music. Jac van Steen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and lively Garsington Opera Chorus.
The Bartered Bride is sung in Czech with English surtitles. General public booking opens 10AM, Tues 19 March. Prices include £70 voluntary donation per ticket. Performances on 29 and 31 May; 6, 8, 11, 15, 20, 23, 30 June. Pre-performance Talk 4.30PM, Friday 31 May
|What||The Bartered Bride, Garsington Opera|
|Where||Garsington Opera, Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
29 May 19 – 30 Jun 19, nine performances; with long dinner interval
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|