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18 Oct - 27 Nov 2014

Bedřich Smetana (1866)

Mařenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town.  In the end, youth and cunning outsmart age and power, and the constraints of rural life are thrown off for a while when the circus comes to town.

Smetana is best known for his symphonic poem Ma Vlast (My Country).  His music for The Bartered Bride abounds with freshness and vitality, its energy generated by bold contrasts of mood and atmosphere, the exuberance of its folk-like rhythms and the catchiness of its tunes. 

Daniel Slater’s colourful production has been enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics:

If you want to introduce someone to the delights of opera, this is the one to take them to.’  Sunday Telegraph, 1998

Daniel Slater’s updating of Smetana’s sentimental comedy first appeared in 1998 and is one for all the family, with its all-dancing verve and second-half circus interlude, which gets the evening’s biggest cheer.’  The Times, 2004

Audio Described Performance 
​Wed 29 October. Audio Description by Vocaleyes including a touch tour of the set and cosumes at 5.45pm. Limited capacity, to book for audio description and touch tour call 0113 22 33 590. Tickets £13.50 Essential companion free. 

Sung in English
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes

Resources for schools 
If you attended our schools performance or would like information on using The Bartered Bride in the classroom, download our schools Resource Pack and Lesson Plans here.  

What the critics say

'Slater has assembled a vocally powerful new cast that fully explores both the satirical and emotional sides of the piece'

The Stage - Full Review ›

'The principals are without exception excellent and impeccably well matched...The orchestral “lollipops” emerge as glittering showpieces, infused with local colour and that spirit of “Czechness”.'

Opera Britannia - Full Review ›

'...one of Opera North’s strongest casts to date'

The Guardian - Full Review ›

'If you are new to opera, or have a friend that fancies dipping their toes in the vast operatic sea, this is the show for you. Truly endearing, funny, colourful and overall really quite hopeful, Opera North are triumphant once more.'

The Public Reviews - Full Review ›

One of the frothiest, funniest things this company has produced [...] as an introduction to the pleasures of opera, you’d struggle to find a show as engaging as this.

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

Under Anthony Kraus the orchestra kicks off with a sparkling treatment of the overture and never lets up [...] this is as entertaining a version of Smetana's opera as you could wish.

What's On Stage - Full Review ›


  • Mařenka Kate Valentine
  • Jeník Brenden Gunnell
  • Vašek Nicholas Watts
  • Kecal James Creswell
  • Ludmila Ann Taylor
  • Krušina Peter Savidge
  • Micha Stephen Richardson
  • Háta Fiona Kimm
  • Esmeralda Jennifer France
  • Circus Master Peter Bodenham
Creative Team
  • Conductor Anthony Kraus
  • Conductor James Holmes (31 Oct, 18 Nov)
  • Director Daniel Slater
  • Set and Costume Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
  • Lighting Designer Simon Mills
  • Choreographer Vanessa Gray
  • Revival Choreographer Tim Claydon

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

Important Information

Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

Important Information

Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Theatre Square

Important Information

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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What you say

Comment from David C Neild


David C Neild said ago

One of the most delightful, amusing and delicious operas you will ever see. The music is scintillating, please add it to your 'must see list'

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Restaurant deals

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special 2 or 3 course meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. To make a reservation call: 0113 2428094
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Brasserie Blanc 

The extraordinary chefs of Brasserie Blanc have teamed up with Opera North to create a special pre-theatre menu for those looking to dine in style. After all, a night at the opera is never complete without an exquisite meal to accompany it. And how could we forget to mention the complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival!

Offer: For just £20 per person, you'll receive a perfectly crafted 3-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine to tingle your taste-buds! Located just a 10-minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre, patrons can enjoy a leisurely meal before a fabulous evening of opera.

To make a reservation, please call Brasserie Blanc and quote Opera North: 0113 220 6060.
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