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Opera

Rusalka

Antonín Dvořák

Premiere performances: 8 and 10 March 2024 at the National Theatre

The National Theatre
The Year of Czech music
Premiere production
English surtitles

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    March 2024

    Friday 8. 3.
    19:00

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    Sunday 10. 3.
    19:00

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    2. premiere
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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production

    Saturday 16. 3.
    19:00

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    Featured programme ND+
    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles

    Wednesday 20. 3.
    19:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles

    Tuesday 26. 3.
    19:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
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    Sunday 31. 3.
    18:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles
    April 2024

    Saturday 13. 4.
    18:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles
    May 2024

    Thursday 9. 5.
    19:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles
    June 2024

    Sunday 2. 6.
    19:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
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    Saturday 15. 6.
    19:00

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    The Year of Czech music
    Premiere production
    English surtitles

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Language

    In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    March 8, 2024

    A gem of Czech opera, a fairy tale/myth about the innermost desires, passions and insurmountable barriers between humans and natural elements, Rusalka is part of the global cultural heritage.

    Cast

    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet


    The National Theatre in Prague has performed the piece ever since 1901, when it hosted its world premiere. Inspired by ancient fabulous motifs and legends, particularly by H. C. Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid and K. J. Erben’s ballads from the collection The Bouquet, the librettist Jaroslav Kvapil created an enthralling poem of exceptional linguistic and intellectual qualities. His text served as a great basis for Antonín Dvořák, a master of melody and colourful instrumentation, who went on to conceive his finest opera. (Its popularity among Czech audiences can only be compared with that of Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.) As in the case of other classic works, the genius of Kvapil and Dvořák’s Rusalka is enhanced by the copious options of its interpretation. Accordingly, it is up to the staging team to decide which of the mysterious themes and motifs to accentuate and which path to take.

    The new National Theatre production of Rusalka has been entrusted to SKUTR, a directing tandem whose wildly popular adaptation of Erben’s The Bouquet has met with great critical kudos. The music has been undertaken by Tomáš Netopil, one of the internationally most sought-after Czech conductors.

    The production will be presented within the celebrations of the Year of Czech Music 2024.

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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 February-June 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.

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