A spellbinding fairy tale, or an ancient myth of man against Nature? Rusalka is both.
Friday 17. 9.
Saturday 25. 9.
Wednesday 20. 10.
Sunday 31. 10.
The National TheatreApproximate running time
3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutesLanguage
In Czech, subtitles in EnglishPremiere
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.
National Theatre Chorus and 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
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre offers tickets for August – October 2021.
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Parking at the National Theater
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.
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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Buffets at the National Theater
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