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Antonín Dvořák

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

The National Theatre
Modern adaptation
Czech Classic
Popular title
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    September 2021

    Friday 17. 9.

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    Modern adaptation
    Czech Classic
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    Saturday 25. 9.

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    Modern adaptation
    Czech Classic
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    October 2021

    Wednesday 20. 10.

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    Modern adaptation
    Czech Classic
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    Sunday 31. 10.

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    Modern adaptation
    Czech Classic
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    Basic information


    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Czech, subtitles in 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.


    • 2021-2022


    Musical preparation
    Jakub Hrůša
    Stage director
    Jiří Heřman
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Jan Kodet
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Beno Blachut


    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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    A booklet for the production of Rusalka

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ November 2021

    Tickets for November on sale from August1st.

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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    Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
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    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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