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Rusalka tickets


Venue: Prague State Opera

Wilsonova 4
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
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Mon 19 March 2018
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Event details
Composer: Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák based his most beautiful opera on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid by the famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Pursuant to the story, the Czech poet Jaroslav Kvapil wrote one of the most poetic opera librettos there is. No wonder then that the fruit of the co-operation between the two creators, who were close both as artists and friends, was a magical, dreamy story of 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 magic of a fairy-tale dream.


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

The opera is staged in Czech original version and English surtitles are used in the performance.

Photo: František Ortmann

Duration of the performance: 3 hours, 2 intermissions

Program details


Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
Conductor: Jiří Štrunc, Jan Chalupecký
Stage director: Zdeněk Troška
Sets: Milan Ferenčík
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Dana Morávková
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková





Jitka Burgetová  

Alžběta Poláčková

Pavla Vykopalová



Peter Berger  

Aleš Briscein

Tomáš Černý  

Luciano Mastro

Richard Samek


Water Goblin

Oleg Korotkov  

Peter Mikuláš

Zdeněk Plech  

Roman Vocel



Veronika Hajnová  

Jana Sýkorová

Andrea Tögel Kalivodová


Foreign Princess

Anda-Louise Bogza  

Jitka Svobodová


First Wood Sprite

Lenka Pavlovič  

Lucie Silkenová


Second Wood Sprite

Sylva Čmugrová  

Jana Horáková Levicová


Third Wood Sprite

Šárka Hrbáčková  

Alžběta Vomáčková



Lenka Pavlovič  

Erika Vocelová Jarkovská



Jan Ježek  

Ivan Kusnjer



Jiří Brückler  

Jiří Hájek

Miloš Horák


State Opera Orchestra

State Opera Chorus

Premiere: May 5, 2005

Prague State Opera

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The State Opera (formerly the State Opera Prague, between 1948 and 1992 the Smetana Theatre, and originally the New German Theatre) has been a part of the National Theatre since 2012. The Opera and Ballet ensembles give repertory performances at the State Opera.




The Prague State Opera resides in the building which on January 5, 1888 was opened as a Prague German stage with the performance of Wagner’s opera, The Mastersingers of Nürnberg. In the 19th century, Prague Germans performed in the Estate’s Theater in alternation with a Czech company. Desire for their own theater led to negotiations in 1883 for the construction of a new theater building for the German Theater Association. Over the next three years, a blueprint was drawn up and handed over to the Vienna atelier of Fellner and Hellmer. Also sharing in the design was the architect of the Vienna Municipal Theater, Karl Hasenauer, while Prague architect Alfons Wertmüller took part in the construction. Financing came from private collections. With its spacious auditorium and neo-Rococo decoration, this theater building is among the most beautiful in Europe.




By car

On Wilsonova street, from the left lane close to the State Opera building take the slip road to the Slovan above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.


By tram


By daytime tram No. 11 to the stop “Muzeum”, through the underpass beneath Legerova street in the direction of the NationalMuseum, at the crossroads turn right along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By daytime trams Nos. 3, 9, 14 and 24 or night trams Nos. 51, 52, 54, 55, 56 and 58 to the stop “Václavské náměstí”, then by foot uphill on the left side of the Wenceslas Square to the traffic lights across Wilsonova and Vinohradská streets. Then turn left along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By metro

To the “Muzeum” station, lines A and C (green and red), and then by foot along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.

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