When Czech composer Bedrich Smetana penned his opera “The Bartered Bride” in the 1860s, little did he realize the comic tale of schemes and unanticipated romance would take a few rewrites before its potential was realized. Implementing rustic settings and musical components of the Czech heritage, the composer was able to make art considered to be a quintessence of his national spirit.

Smetana assembled both the libretto and score piecemeal, which exacerbated his difficulties in setting the flow. It’s little wonder he was forced to rework the opera for four years before it re-emerged with a previously unseen unity.

Thomas Rowell directs a corps of young voices through this presentation. The venue provides optimal acoustic environment for tomorrow’s stars to stretch their vocal legs today.

Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s matinee is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for the general public, and $5 for USA faculty, staff and students, youths under 18 and senior citizens. Cash or check only.

For more info, call 251-460-6136 or go to www.southalabama.edu/music.

The Bartered Bride
Where: Laidlaw Recital Hall, University of South Alabama (5751 USA Dr. S.)
When: April 25-27