Presented by the Opera by Request & the Canadian Institute of Czech Music

Smetana's The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta)

Smetana's Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride)

(in concert with piano accompaniment)


March 9th 2024

7:30 PM 

College St United Church

452 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1, Canada



Music director: William Shookhoff

Producer: Dr. John Holland


Produced by Opera By Request and the Canadian Institute of Czech Music




Krušina, a peasant (baritone) - Henry Irwin

Ludmila, his wife (soprano) - Mila Ionkova

Mařenka, their daughter (soprano) - Grace Quinsey

Mícha, a landowner (bass) -  Mikhail Shemet

Háta, his wife (mezzo-soprano) - Alex Beley

Vašek, their son (tenor) - Alex Cappellazzo

Jeník, Mícha's son by a former marriage - David Walsh

Kecal, a marriage broker (bass) - John Holland

Principál komediantů, Ringmaster (tenor) -  Catharin Carew

Akrobat (formerly Indián), an Indian comedian (bass) -  Kyle Simpson 

Esmeralda, dancer and comedienne (soprano) - Thera Barclay



Local artists & Czech community members



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About the organizer

The Canadian Institue of Czech Music

The Canadian Institute for Czech Music was founded in 2013 to promote the research and performance of Czech Classical music across Canada. 

Opera by Request

At Opera by Request we perform all manner of operatic repertoire in concert format, not such an unusual concept. The twist is that the repertoire is decided by the participants, not the company directorate.