Performed in the original Czech with Czech and English subtitles.
Enjoy a Kiss with us and wash it down with a swig of good beer! Isn’t it so often the little things which complicate our lives? A poetic picture of the Czech countryside and stubborn Vendulka and Lukáš in Bedřich Smetana’s classic Czech opera.
Premiere on 4th December 2015, Janáček Theatre
Along with The Bartered Bride, Smetana’s The Kiss is one of his most frequently performed operas. Despite the fact that Smetana was deaf when he composed it and had experienced tragedy in his life, in The Kiss he created another poetic image of the Czech countryside filled with catchy melodies. The libretto about the stubborn Vendulka and Lukáš, whose love is almost destroyed by an argument about a prenuptial kiss, was written by the famous Czech poet Eliška Krásnohorská, based on a humorous short story of the same name by Karolína Světlá. Apparently, this was based on a true story from a village in Podještědí. It still has not lost any of its charm or truth – for isn’t it so often the little things which complicate our lives? Or was it more than just a kiss...?