Dalibor 01


Bedřich Smetana

Hero or scoundrel? The legendary knight Dalibor even dares to defy the king!

The National Theatre
Czech Classic
Suitable for graduation
Modern adaptation
Historical topic

Dear spectators,
On 10th of May, the National Theatre launched a presale of tickets for June 2021.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre, the Main Box office of the National Theatre on the New Stage is reopened. The other box offices remain closed until further notice.


Basic information


The National Theatre

Approximate running time

3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English


June 27, 2019

The libretto, penned by Josef Wenzig, is loosely based on the popular tale of Dalibor, a knight who passed his time in jail by playing the violin. Yet the main subject of Bedřich Smetana’s opera is the question of to what degree one has the right to take the law into his/her hands. Composed in 1866 and 1867, Dalibor was first presented on 16 May 1868 at the New Town Theatre in Prague, marking the laying of the foundation stone of the National Theatre.


  • 2020-2021


Musical preparation
Jaroslav Kyzlink
Stage director
Jiří Nekvasil
Motion cooperation
Alena Pešková
Chorus master
Pavel Vaněk
Beno Blachut


The National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus

The story of Dalibor reflects the historical events during the rule of Vladislav II, King of Bohemia, yet the plot is rather centred around a romantic legend of a knight who learns in jail how to play the violin. The popular myth, treated by a number of chroniclers and authors, served as the basis for the libretto of Smetana’s third opera. Dalibor is a romantic tragedy, with passions being the driving force; first Dalibor’s wild desire to avenge the death of his close friend and subsequently Milada’s endeavour to avenge the death of her brother. Their hatred soon gives way to mad affection for each other. But it is too late for their love to reach fruition.

Initially, Dalibor did not meet with an overly positive critical response, nor did the audience react with great enthusiasm. Nevertheless, following its first night in 1886 at the National Theatre in Prague, it would be regularly staged and given almost 1,100 performances. The opera also gained success abroad, including in Vienna, Moscow, Berlin and Edinburgh. One of the first productions beyond Bohemia was the 1897 adaptation in Vienna, conducted by Gustav Mahler, an ardent champion of Smetana’s music. The current production was created by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the music director of the National Theatre Opera, and the stage director Jiří Nekvasil.


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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre launched a pre-sale of tickets for June 2021

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the Main box office of the National Theatre.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Parking at the National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


What to wear?

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