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18 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019

Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše at Bloomsbury Theatre

In its 68th year University College Opera is continuing its popular tradition of staging lesser-known operas with this year’s production of the British staged premiere of Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše. Returning to the newly refurbished Bloomsbury Theatre, the cast and orchestra, composed of both professionals and members of the student body, will be led by musical director Charles Peebles, with direction by Cecilia Stinton.

"O, that she might only choose a husband, capable of restraining passion!" Composed in 1871-72, UCO reimagines Smetana's Bohemian queen and her medieval court in the modern-day city, where soaring skyscrapers promise glamour and wealth at a human cost. Born into a celebrated legal dynasty, Libuše, having inherited her late father’s firm, is queen of the corporate world and obliged to assert herself as its leader, working tirelessly to expand the firm and prove herself. A quarrel between her two most-valued senior partners, Chrudoš and St’áhlav, throws the stability of her company into jeopardy, and Chrudoš' sexist attack on her leadership threatens to push Libuše over the edge. Tasked with arbitrating over their argument, Libušefeels the true loneliness of being a woman at the top. Who can give Libuše the support she needs? 

Sung in Czech
Libretto by Josef Wenzig, Czech translation by Ervín Špindler

Libuše will run at The Bloomsbury Theatre from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March 2019 for four performances only – March 18, 20, 22 and 23 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £25, with concessions at £17 (60+, U18, non UCL students), £9 UCL students and staff.



Running time: 3hrs (incl. interval)


University College Opera is the student opera company of University College London, supported by Students’ Union UCL. Founded in 1951, it was the brainchild of the College's then Director of Music, Anthony Addison. Today, UCOpera benefits greatly from its mix of amateur and professional cast and crew to offer a unique and exciting experience to all involved. Many student soloists have gone on to professional careers, even returning to UCO as a professional in later years. Young professionals who performed for UCL have since risen to prominence, including Dame Felicity Lott, Jonathan Summers and Robert Lloyd.




Bloomsbury Theatre & Studio : 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH


From: 18 Mar 2019
To: 23 Mar 2019



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