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Czech Opera to be Presented in Austin

Sun, March 28, 2010 • 2:00 PM • Multipurpose Room of Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 200 West Anderson Lane (183 between IH35 & Lamar)

Czech Opera to be Presented in Austin 

Bedřich Smetana’s Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride) will be presented in Austin in a matinee performance on Sunday, March 28.  The opera will be performed by students and faculty of the College of Music of the University of North Texas.  The performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 200 West Anderson Lane (183 between IH35 & Lamar).  The Austin Czech Historical Association and the Texas Chair in Czech Studies will host the event.  A reception for the performers will follow.   A donation of $10 is asked of adults to help defray the cost of the reception.

The Bartered Bride is Smetana’s most cherished work for the stage—so popular that it is often considered the “Czech National Opera.”  It is a delightful love story set to romantic, folk-like melodies.  It is an experience well-suited for the whole family.

The Austin performance will be a partially-staged version of the full production that will be performed at UNT in Denton on February 26 and 28 and March 5 and 7.  For the Austin show, performers will be in full costume with props and scenery.  UNT professor, Dr. Paula Homer, will offer a short introduction to the opera before the performance.  Because the opera will be sung in Czech, a narration in English will be provided so that non-Czech speakers can follow the story.

 UNT is producing the opera with support of the Frank J. and Hermine Hurta Kostohryz Residency in Czech Music, an endowment established by the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas, and the Texas Chair in Czech Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The production is being taken on-the-road to Temple, College Station, Houston, and Austin as outreach to the Texas-Czech community, who funded the endowment.


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