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The Jacobin

Antonín Dvořák

A playful, humorous and tender production for children and adults alike. Let’s return to our schooldays for a while!

The National Theatre
For the whole family
English subtitles

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    January 2023

    Thursday 5. 1.

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    English subtitles

    Friday 13. 1.

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    English subtitles

    Basic information


    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English


    October 8, 2011

    Dvořák’s The Jacobin is one of the most popular and most frequently performed Czech operas. Set in the 18th century, the plot unfurls in a small Czech town, to which a “suspicious” native returns after having lived abroad for years. The stage director Jiří Heřman takes us to the school where the teacher Benda rehearses with the pupils a famous festive cantata, while other protagonists recall their loves, or are taught a lesson.


    • 2022-2023


    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Lucie Holánková
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir
    Jiří Chvála
    Beno Blachut


    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet 
    Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir

    At the end of the 18th century, Bohuš, a count’s son, who at one time was hounded out by his father owing to his liberalism, returns from Paris to his native small town in Bohemia. Yet before he is allowed to reconcile, he and his wife are caught up in a slew of provincial intrigues which the locals direct both at themselves and – because of his being suspected of “Jacobinism” – against the couple. The opera features a number of stock and popular dramatic types – the happily amorous Jiří and Terinka, between whom the arrogant burgrave Filip wants to drive a wedge; the count’s power-hungry nephew Adolf; as well as the good-natured teacher Benda. The scene at the school during which Benda is rehearsing with the children a festive cantata in honour of the new master is one of the most remarkable in Czech opera.

    As in many other similarly tuned Czech dramatic works, here too all the accumulated conflicts are resolved amicably. Besides the traditional title of the opera, The Jacobin, the stage director Jiří Heřman foregrounds the libretto’s lesser-known original name, Mother’s Song, which actually far more appositely indicates that which Dvořák’s opera is all about – tenderness, noble-mindedness, loving care, and the ability of music to soften even the most hardened of hearts.

    Photographer for production: Hana Smejkalová

    Photo and video gallery


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      The Jacobin Programme

      A booklet for the production of The Jacobin

      70 Kč

      Practical information

      Where to buy tickets

      The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 2023.

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