Bedřich Smetana, 1876
Lukáš, a widower, is at last able to propose marriage to the beautiful Vendulka, his onetime childhood sweetheart. She has one condition: she’ll refuse his kisses until their wedding day. Can Lukáš play by her rules? With two lovers as headstrong as these two, you know they’ll be perfect for each other. But first, they must realize it for themselves.
Brimming with joyful music, sly romance, and delightful comedy, The Kiss is a bright and buoyant escape. Experience this rarely produced folk masterpiece by the composer of The Bartered Bride in its first American staging in over two decades. Co-produced with Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera, this production of The Kiss premiered to rave reviews there as “the runaway success of the 2010 festival” (Financial Times, London).
Stage DirectorMichael Gieleta*
Set DesignerJames Macnamara*
Costume DesignerFabio Toblini*
Lighting DesignerChristopher Akerlind
Wig & Makeup DesignerTom Watson
Chorus MasterRobert Ainsley
Principal CoachBen Malensek
English Diction SpecialistBen Malensek
Assistant Stage DirectorSeth Hoff
Stage ManagerChad Zodrow
Assistant Stage ManagerTrevor Regars
Assistant Stage ManagerMary Elsey
Intern Assistant Stage ManagerMary Kathryn Jacobi*
Palouký OtecMatthew Burns°
MatoušCharles Z. Owen*†
* = Debut; ° = former Gerdine Young Artist; † = current Gerdine Young Artist
Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges an anonymous donor for leadership support of this production.
Made possible in part by major production sponsor the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee and