Summary Bedřich Smetana. The sold bride

Summary Bedřich Smetana. The sold bride

SOLD BRIDE

Comic opera in three acts

Libretto by K. Sabina (Russian text by S. Mikhalkov)

Characters:

Krushin, the peasant

Lyudmila, his wife

Mazhenka, their daughter

Micha, a rich peasant

Gata, his wife

Vasek, their son

Enik, son of Miha from his first marriage

Ketsal, village matchmaker

Director of the circus

Esmeralda, a comedian

Indian, Comedian

Baritone

Soprano

Soprano

Bass

Mezzo soprano

Tenor

Tenor

Bass

Tenor

Soprano

Tenor

Peasants, village

youth (boys and girls), artists of a wandering circus are comedians.

The action takes place in the Czech Republic.

Time: 19th century.

PLOT

A small Czech village. Peasants complete the collection of hops. Melodies of their cheerful, cheerful songs are carried far away. Only Mazhenka does not share a common fun. The girl is married to the son of rich peasant Miha – a foolish Vashka, and she loves Yenik’s farmhand. Seeing the girl, Yenik solicitously questions her and, after learning about what happened, thinks about it. Mazhenka is disappointed. She expected that Yenik would be indignant, say that she would not give it to anyone, but he only shook his head sadly. Did not Yenik love her any more? After all, she knows so little about him. Where did he come to their village? Who are his parents? In response, Yenik says that he is the son of a rich peasant, but because of his stepmother he had to leave his house and work in other people’s villages. Enik calms the girl, assuring that she loves her as before. Meanwhile, the matchmaker comes to the parents of Mazhenka – Krushin and Lyudmila. He reminds the old people of the contract, according to which Mazhenka should marry Vashka. Krushina assures the matchmaker that he will keep his word. But his wife does not want to hurry with the wedding.

In addition, we must also ask Mazhenka whether she wants to go for Vashka. Swat praises the groom, hinting at the richness of his future father-in-law. But the appeared Mazhenka resolutely refuses to marry Mikhail’s son. Then Krushina admits that he witnessed an agreement with Miha. The girl is in despair. And at this time in the village square young people dashing dancing polka. Peasants cheerfully celebrate the end of field work. hinting at the richness of his future father-in-law. But the appeared Mazhenka resolutely refuses to marry Mikhail’s son. Then Krushina admits that he witnessed an agreement with Miha. The girl is in despair. And at this time in the village square young people dashing dancing polka. Peasants cheerfully celebrate the end of field work. hinting at the richness of his future father-in-law. But the appeared Mazhenka resolutely refuses to marry Mikhail’s son. Then Krushina admits that he witnessed an agreement with Miha. The girl is in despair. And at this time in the village square young people dashing dancing polka. Peasants cheerfully celebrate the end of field work.

The boys gathered in the tavern. They drink wine, praising an intoxicating drink. Enik says that love is stronger than wine. Svat Kecal intervenes in the conversation. In his opinion, love is nonsense, the most important thing in life is money. No, love can not be sold, says Yenik. A squashed Washka appears on the square; he is stupid, besides short-sighted and stuttering. Vashek is delighted that he marries Mazhenka. But he had never seen his bride. Using this, Mazhenka mocks him. Does he not know that the bride is ugly, grumpy, and sworn to lime him? Meanwhile, there is a girl in the village who has long loved him. In this case, Mazhenka shows herself. Joy of the Wash there is no limit. He is ready to marry this beautiful girl. But what will his mother say? Finally confused, Washiek gives the floor to abandon the prospective bride. And the matchmaker Ketsal persuades Enika to forget Mazhenka. After all, Yenik is a poor man, he needs a rich bride. There is a matchmaker in mind such a girl. And for the fact that Yenik refuses Mazhenka, Ketsal will give him the compensation. These words make Enikku prick up his ears. He figured out how to conduct a matchmaker, and, having broken for a look, agrees to give up Mazhenka for three hundred ducats. At the same time, Yenik puts one condition: he demands that the contract be specified that Mazhenka should marry only Mikhail’s son. A satisfied matchmaker calls witnesses and signs a contract. Everyone is indignant with Enik’s act: is it a joke, did he sell his bride? agrees to give up Mazhenka for three hundred ducats. At the same time, Enik puts one condition: he demands that the contract be specified that Mazhenka should marry only Mikhail’s son. A satisfied matchmaker calls witnesses and signs a contract. Everyone is indignant with Enik’s act: is it a joke, did he sell his bride? agrees to give up Mazhenka for three hundred ducats. At the same time, Yenik puts one condition: he demands that the contract be specified that Mazhenka should marry only Mikhail’s son. A satisfied matchmaker calls witnesses and signs a contract. Everyone is indignant with Enik’s act: is it a joke, did he sell his bride?

Coming into the village is a troupe of comedians. People gather on the square, the show begins. Vashik attracted a gypsy Esmeralda, he tries to talk to her. Suddenly it is found that the actor, who was supposed to play the role of a bear, is drunk. The director of the theater manages with the help of Esmeralda to persuade Vashka to speak in his stead. At Vashka put on a bear skin. Parents are horrified to see Vashka in the role of a trained bear. Vashek announces to them that he does not want to marry Mazhenka. Miha and Ketsal suspect that this Yenik managed to spoil the whole thing. We must give him money as soon as possible. But also Маженка learns, that Еник has sold it. The girl is offended. Enik tries in vain to calm his beloved. Appears Micha and his wife. Seeing Yenik, he recognizes in him his eldest son, who has long since left his parents’ house. Now, according to the condition, Yenik should marry Mazhenka, besides, he also has money for the wedding. Peasants laugh at the duped matchmaker and happily congratulate the happy young.


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Summary Bedřich Smetana. The sold bride