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(Smetana: The Bartered Bride). Ten. Son of Micha and Hata, he has a marked stammer. He is proposed as a husband for Mařenka, in order to clear her parents' debts to his father, their landlord. He meets Mařenka without realizing she is his prospective bride. She tells him he should not marry ‘Mařenka’, who will arrange his death if they are forced to marry, as she loves somebody else. When the circus comes to town, he is persuaded to take over for one of the troupe who is drunk—the part is that of a bear who dances with the beautiful Esmeralda. Created (1866) by Josef Kysela.

Subjects: Opera.


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