You probably haven't seen The Bartered Bride before, and you probably shouldn't let this opportunity slip by. Bedrich Smetana is an overlooked but wonderful composer whose music swoops and soars like the winds blowing off the Sudetes Mountains near his hometown of Litomysl, in the Czech Republic. The plot of The Bartered Bride is the silliest kind of farce (its choicest gag involves a dancing circus bear on a rampage), but the music is lush and lovely. Also, the young pupils of the New World School of the Arts have a preternatural maturity for pulling off tough productions. (Their Magic Flute a few years ago was better than that of some pro companies.) To see them in action is to feel suddenly hopeful about the future of opera
Fri., April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 10, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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