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SDCC Opera 2016 - The Bartered Bride



The SDCC Opera Company have completed three fantastic performances of Smetana’s beautiful opera The Bartered Bride.  Performing the full opera in both Holne Village Hall and Ashburton St Andrew’s Church Hall to full and appreciative audiences, the company also performed to visiting dignitaries at the opening of the Judith Morgan Dining Hall a selection from the opera.

The nine 6th Form students sung, acted and danced their way through the demanding material with immense energy, creativity and talent.  Watching the audience’s initial reaction to the quality and volume of singing in the opening chorus was brilliant to witness and the standing ovations and comments from those who came to support matched this in their warmth and genuine praise.

The opera is the tale of two young people in love, but obstructed by a tradition of arranged marriage in old Bohemia. The music-writing is melodic and folk influenced, alongside a huge influence of Mozart’s opera style so established in Prague at the time.  The nine students fully set and choreographed the opera, and told the story with character, understanding and musical panache.

Congratulations to Emily E, Emily W, Erin N, Betsy C, Suzie W, Lauren S, Dougie N, Finn B and Charlie T for their successful performances. Thank you to Nicola Wilkes for supporting the 2 performances at front of house.

The Bartered Bride-YouTube

Look out for our outdoor performance date in July – this should be a very special extra performance!


Ralph Wickenden