On 17th December, Theater Erfurt (Thuringia, Germany) presented a new production of Bedřich Smetana’s Bartered Bride. It was conducted by the theatre’s second kapellmeister, Greek conductor Zoi Tsokanou.
Rather than to experiment, director Markus Weckesser chose to set the story, very traditionally, into a Bohemian village, the atmosphere of which is enhanced by the realist scenography and costumes. The central pair of lovers is performed by German Soprano Margrethe Fredheim (Marie) and Austrian Tenor Thomas Paul (Hans). The cast also includes Julian Greibott (Wenzel), Gregor Loebel (Kezal), Juri Batukov (Kruschina) and others. Sung in the German translation, the opera will be staged three times more in 2017.
17 December 2016, Theater Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
further performances: 8.1., 28.1. and 17.2. 2017
Bedřich Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Director: Markus Weckesser, music director: Zoi Tsokanou