Antonín Dvořák

The poetic and tragic story of the unrequited love of the water nymph Rusalka

The State Opera
For the whole family
Czech Classic
Traditional adaptation
Popular title

Dear spectators,
On 10th of May, the National Theatre launched a presale of tickets for June 2021.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre, the Main Box office of the National Theatre on the New Stage is reopened. The other box offices remain closed until further notice.


Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


In Czech, subtitles in English, German


May 5, 2005

A classic fairy tale

Antonín Dvořák based his most beautiful opera on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid by the renowned Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. Applying plot elements of the story, the Czech author Jaroslav Kvapil conceived one of the most poetic librettos there is.


  • 2020-2021



The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

The fruit of the collaboration between the two great creators, Antonín Dvořák and Jaroslav Kvapil, who were close as artists and friends alike, was a magical, dreamy story of the great, unfulfilled desire of the water nymph Rusalka, a work in which Dvořák’s musical genius reached its apex. The fairy-tale atmosphere inspired the composer to create singular, impressionistic music replete with melodic imagination and masterful instrumentation, a suggestive expression of the play of waves and the reflection of moonlight on the surface of a lake, as well as the overwhelming magic of a fairy-tale dream.

Since its premiere in 2005, the production of Rusalka directed by the distinguished Czech film-maker Zdeněk Troška, has been one of the most popular titles performed at the State Opera.


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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre launched a pre-sale of tickets for June 2021

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

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the State opera

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.