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Smetana 200 years

Music by Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)

Orchestral concert of works by Bedřich Smetana.

  • Duration

    Approx 2 h 15 min incl. interval

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Price

    325–350 kr

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Arias and orchestral music by the Czech nationalist composer Bedřich Smetana, celebrating the bicentenary of his birth.

The much-loved national romantic composer Smetana had close ties to Gothenburg. He lived in the centre of the city for five years while in his thirties, and had a major impact on the city’s musical life. On his return to Prague, Smetana became a central figure in Bohemian society, and the rest, as they say, is history.

His opera The Bartered Bride – which was performed at the Göteborg Opera in autumn 2022 – is considered a national opus and has been performed over 2,500 times at the State Opera in Prague.

Perhaps the brightest star in the firmament of Smetana’s orchestral works is “Vltava (The Moldau)” from the cycle of six symphonic poems Má vlast (My Country), in which he depicts the Vltava River flowing through the Czech countryside. We will leave it to others to decide whether the main melody is inspired by the Swedish folksong “Ack Värmeland, du sköna”, best known in the English-speaking world as “Dear Old Stockholm”, or by similar, more southerly European melodies.

We will be celebrating the bicentenary of Smetana’s birth by performing “Vltava (The Moldau)” and other orchestral works, as well as excerpts from some of the composer’s operas such as Dalibor and The Two Widows. Our conductor will be Jiři Rožeň, an internationally renowned interpreter of Czech music.

Visit our Smetana Exhibition near the Opera Bar, which presents Smetanas time in Gothenburg from 1856–62, as well those works that have been played here – including the recent production of The Bartered Bride.

The exhibition is open for anyone with a performance ticket.

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