Libuše

Bedřich Smetana

The British staged première of Smetana’s Libuše

18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd March 2019, Bloomsbury Theatre

University College Opera is proud to present the British première of Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše. Returning to the newly refurbished Bloomsbury Theatre, the cast and orchestra, composed of both professionals and students, will be led by musical director Charles Peebles and director Cecilia Stinton.

Composed in 1871-72, UCO reimagines Smetana's Bohemian queen and her medieval court in the modern-day city, where soaring skyscrapers promise glamour and wealth at a human cost. Born into a celebrated legal dynasty, Libuše, having inherited her late father’s firm, is queen of the corporate world and obliged to assert herself as its leader, working tirelessly to expand the firm and prove herself. A quarrel between her two most-valued senior partners, Chrudoš and St’áhlav, throws the stability of her company into jeopardy, and Chrudoš' sexist attack on her leadership threatens to push Libuše over the edge. Tasked with arbitrating over their argument, Libuše feels the true loneliness of being a woman at the top. Who can give Libuše the support she needs?

Running time: 3 hours with interval
Sung in Czech with English surtitles

Performances: 18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets

Standard: £25
Concessions (60+,U18, non-UCL students): £17
UCL Students + Staff: £9

Tickets can be bought online or in the box office of the Bloomsbury Theatre Mon – Fri 12:00–17:00, or by calling 020 3108 1000.

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Principal cast


KIRSTIN SHARPIN

Libuše

BOB DAVIES

Přemysl

JOHN MACKENZIE

Lutobor

EVE DANIELL

Krasava

WILL BENNETT

Radovan

JAMES QUILLIGAN

Chrudoš

BEN HARDING

Sťáhlav

ANANYA SAMUEL

Radmila

Production team:

Director - Cecilia Stinton
Musical director - Charles Peebles
Producer - Lizzie Thomas
Set designer - Holly Muir
Lighting designer - Alex Forey
Assistant producer - Helen Xinwei Chen
President - Claire MacKenzie
Treasurer - Tom Allinson
Graphic design – Xiaoke Qiu