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Antonín Dvořák

A spellbinding fairy tale, or an ancient myth of man against Nature? Rusalka is both.

The National Theatre
English surtitles

Basic information


The National Theatre

Approximate running time

3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English


May 13, 2009

Water, fire, blood, an arrow, a dagger ... Passion, disillusion, revenge, forgiveness ... One of the world’s loveliest operas in a profound and meditative production abounding in mysterious symbols, magic light and wonderful music.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Stage director
Jiří Heřman
Light design
Daniel Tesař
Jan Kodet
Chorus master
Lukáš Kozubík
Beno Blachut


National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Opera Ballet 

Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka is a true gem of Czech opera, one that has won over audiences worldwide. Ardent melodies, both tender and dramatically extreme, the composer’s masterful work with musical motifs and full-blooded orchestration, as well as Jaroslav Kvapil’s fabulous libretto, evoking K. J. Erben’s simple yet immensely forcible ballads, make Rusalka a work of fascinating beauty addressing audiences of all ages.

Rusalka has customarily been deemed a “mere” fairy-tale. To be sure, there is no doubt that the fantastic story and the characters of the wood nymphs, the water goblin and the witch are of a fairy-tale ilk, yet in its fairy-tale scenes Dvořák’s masterpiece bears an enciphered profound message about the fundamental order of forces, elements, energies and passions in the natural, and therefore also human, world.

Photo: Hana Smejkalová, Petra Hajská and Petr Neubert

Suitable for audience from 10 years.

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