Czech premiere: 16 May 2024 at the State Opera, Prague
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The State OperaPremiere
May 16, 2024
The mesmerising comic ballet for audiences young and old is one of the staples of the global dance repertoire. A treasure of the cultural legacy, it has been staged worldwide ever since its premiere in Paris in 1870.
Based on Marius Petipa’s version of the original ballet, created by Arthur Saint-Léon, and set to Léo Delibes’s sublime music, Ronald Hynd’s 1985 choreography radiates classical beauty.
The enchanting sets and costumes for the production have been designed by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. The ballet depicts the story of Swanilda, the daughter of the mayor of a small town, and her wilful fiancé Franz. Their relationship runs into trouble when the eccentric Dr. Coppélius makes the charming life-size doll Coppélia.
“There is no prince or princess, there are no swans or sleeping beauties. Only two villagers, a boy and a girl falling in love with each other. It’s about life … I think that is precisely why the ballet is so popular. Audiences can identify with the simple fetching story.”
World premiere: London Festival Ballet (English National Ballet), 1985
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 October at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of March 2024.
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 40 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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