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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

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    June 2023

    Thursday 22. 6.

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    English surtitles

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    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.


    • 2022-2023
    • 2023-2024


    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Lighting 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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      Rusalka Programme (National Theatre)

      A booklet for the production of Rusalka

      70 Kč

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      Where to buy tickets

      The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 June at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of November 2023.

      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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