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State Opera I Roméo et Juliette: Jana Sibera (Juliette), Petr Nekoranec (Romeo) – photo: Zdeněk SokolState Opera I Roméo et Juliette: Jana Sibera (Juliette), Petr Nekoranec (Romeo) – photo: Zdeněk Sokol

Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

The immortal story of the Verona lovers

The State Opera
Suitable for graduation
English surtitles

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    June 2024

    Saturday 8. 6.

    Tickets available

    Suitable for graduation
    English surtitles

    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 55 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


    In French, surtitles in English, Czech


    April 21, 2016

    For some four centuries, the heart-wrenching story of Romeo and Juliet, the best-known lovers of all time, has warned against the fatal consequences of feuds raging between families, ethnicities, religions and nations.


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025



    State Opera Chorus
    State Opera Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet

    Based on William Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, ever since its premiere, at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris on 27 April 1867, Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette has been a repertoire staple of all opera houses around the globe.

    There are several reasons for its perennial appeal: the splendid solos and four enthralling duets of the two protagonists; Mercutio’s elegant “Ballad of Queen Mab”; the engrossing ensembles, including the lament over the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt; the colourful and highly emotional atmosphere. Owing to Bedřich Smetana, an ardent champion of Gounod’s music, Roméo et Juliette got to Prague merely two years after its world premiere, and its Czech staging at the New Town Theatre on 29 August 1869, with Smetana conducting, was the very first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    The current production at the State Opera is a modern and unconventional take on Gounod’s renowned piece by the Slovak  director Sláva Daubnerová, who has created for the National Theatre adaptations of Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr. Brouček, Shostakovich’s Orango and Antiformalist Rayok, Shchedrin’s Lolita and  Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

    Suitable for audience from 12 years.


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    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 May-October 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 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 60 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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