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Jakobín
Opera

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
Czech Classic
Traditional adaptation
Popular title

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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  • February 2022
  • April 2022
    February 2022

    Sunday 13. 2.
    17:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Czech Classic
    Traditional adaptation

    Sunday 27. 2.
    14:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Czech Classic
    Traditional adaptation
    April 2022

    Saturday 9. 4.
    14:00

    Booking not started yet

    Sunday 17. 4.
    14:00

    Booking not started yet

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 1 intermission

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    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.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022

    Creatives

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

    About

    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

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    A booklet for the production of The Jacobin

    70 Kč

    Practical information

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    From October 1, 2021, we start selling tickets for the performances until the end of March 2022. Advance sale of tickets for all performances (Ballet, Drama, Laterna magika and Opera) is on sale for 6 months in advance.

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

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    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.

     

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