Vendulka (Pumeza Matshikiza) and Lucas (Peter Berger) are pledged to be married — but their quick tempers may put their love in jeopardy. Clive Barda/Wexford Opera Festival hide caption

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Renewed by Romance: Smetana's 'The Kiss'

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Though Bedrich Smetana lost his hearing in later life, he was able to write this whimsical opera, which tells an awkward story of rekindled romance.

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Pavla Vykopalova (right) and Pavel Cernoch play the lovers Marenka and Jenik in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, from the Prague National Opera. Hana Smejkalova hide caption

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The Bartered Bride

Hidden identities, secret bargains and dancing bears characterize this Czech comedy, in a production from the Prague National Opera.

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