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Ball im SavoyBall im Savoy

Ball im Savoy

Paul Abraham

Premiere performances: 16 and 18 September 2022 at the State Opera

The State Opera
Musica non grata
English surtitles

Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

3 hours, 1 intermission (30 minutes) minutes


In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English


September 16, 2022

A modern operetta revue full of dance, love and funny plot twists.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Czech translation of lyrics and Czech dialogues
Vlasta Reittererová
Stage director
Martin Čičvák
Set design
Hans Hoffer
Costume design
Georges Vafias
Light design
Jan Dörner
Video projection
Michael Hoffer
Chorus master
Adolf Melichar


State Opera Chorus
State Opera Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet

The operetta tells a “crazy” story full of funny conspiracies, confusion and romantic tension, with the main plot built around a fidelity test a newlywed couple have been put to. They have just returned home from their honeymoon and it seems that nothing can threaten their happy future. But on the very day of their return, the newlywed Marquis Aristide receives a letter from a certain “Prefect of Nancy”. And problems in the paradise seem to come up: the real writer of the letter is the sexy dancer Tangolita, Aristide´s former lover, who requires to meet him at the ball at the Savoy Hotel. And the Marquis decides to attend the ball… 

Composer Paul Abraham has used a mix of European jazz, Hungarian czardas, tango, klezmer and classic Viennese operetta to conjure up an utterly carefree world in which one hit follows another, and, as in any good operetta, there are sopranos singing to the heavens and magical love duets. There are also musical or revue-like acts a la Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, in short, an absolute relax! 

Note: Singers will be equipped with ports during the performance.
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and over. 

The production is part of the Musica non grata cycle. Musica non grata is the international music and cultural project of the Czech Republic and Germany, initiated and organized by the National Theatre in Prague and financially supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Musica non grata revives the artistic legacy of male and female composers important to the musical life of interwar Czechoslovakia who were persecuted by National Socialism or for religious, racial, political or gender reasons. More information at



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Programme Ball im Savoy

A booklet for the production of Ball im Savoy

80 Kč

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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in JuneNovember 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the State opera

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 60 CZK/h.

Buffets at the State Opera

No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!

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