The Bartered Bride

The first record I ever owned

Czech Bride – 1960’s

This has been a weddingy weekend…on Saturday morning Constance and the humans listened to The Bartered Bride  by Bedřich Smetana. We had to Listen on the CBC Atlantic station a few hours earlier than usual…fortunately we can do this through the computer! The bride in this opera is in love with the “wrong” guy, but it all ends happily after many beautiful arias and Czech folk songs and dances.

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Bouquet 2013

Canadian Bride 2013

In the afternoon we went to a beautiful  wedding  uniting a family whose ancestors came to Canada around 100 years ago as Doukhobour refugees from Russia, and another family who came to Canada as refugees from war-torn former Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s…

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Wedding banquet centrepiece

Wedding banquet centrepiece

Constance was so honoured to attend this wedding between a dear friend’s child, and the love of his life.

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Wedding Banquet dessert

Wedding Banquet dessert

After the ceremony we listened to speeches in English, and prayers in Russian and Serbo-Croatian, ate a fabulous repast, heard beautiful a capella Doukhobour singing, enjoyed each other’s company, and many times throughout the afternoon and evening, we wished “Good Luck to the young couple”.

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To view Constance’s other opera reviews go to this link

6 thoughts on “The Bartered Bride

  1. Good luck to the young couple indeed! And what a great coincidence between opera and real life. Constance could not have arranged a better setting had she tried.

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