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The Pearl Fishers

Georges Bizet

Opera festival 2022

The Estates Theatre
Opera Festival 2022

Basic information


The Estates Theatre

Approximate running time

2 hours 30 minutes, 2 intermission (1 minute) minutes


In French, surtitles in Czech, English


December 13, 2019


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Musical preparation
Petr Šumník
Stage director
Dominik Beneš
Sets and costumes
Eva Jiřikovská
Chorus master
Lubomíra Hellová
Light design
Ondřej Kyncl
Lukáš Vilt


Moravian Theatre Olomouc Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

The Pearl Fishers Opera is considered to be the second best in Bizet's work by many critics. It employs Indian ethnic music motifs which makes it very original piece of work. It is sometimes referred to as the "colonial opera". In the environment of Ceylon (now referred as Sri Lanka), it is a story of two friends that become implacable enemies for the sake of a woman.
Colourful musical instrumentation and the exotic theme of the story are typical for European romanticism, however undoubtedly attractive also today for contemporary opera fans. 


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 July–December 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 Estates Theatre

Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).

Buffets at the Estates Theater

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

Menu (PDF, 60 kB)