August29 2024 (Thu)
7:00 PM

The Secret

Opera by B. Smetana

The National Theatre in Prague | Opera and Ballet

150 minutes | Available

Show image detail
Date: August 29, 2024 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: The National Theatre in Prague
Duration: 150 minutes
Status: Available
Buy ticket
Ticket in your mobile device accepted

See Smetana's seventh opera in the National Theatre in Prague

In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English

The production is part of the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Bedřich Smetana’s birth.

The Secret is Bedřich Smetana’s penultimate, opera. It is also the second fruit of the composer’s collaboration with the librettist Eliška Krásnohorská. Completed in June 1877, the piece received its premiere the following year at the New Czech Theatre in Prague. The National Theatre first staged the opera on 12 May 1885, on the first anniversary of Smetana’s death. Yet it only attained wide popularity after the post of the opera company’s director had been assumed by the conductor Karel Kovařovic, who was fully aware of the qualities of the mature Smetana work.

Krásnohorská furnished Smetana with an exquisite libretto, whose themes may bring to mind William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or the Czech author Ladislav Stroupežnický’s play Our Uppish and Defiant Fellows, dating from a later time. The story, set in a small Czech town, focuses on a feud between the families of the councillors Malina and Kalina, who for years have jostled for social superiority. Kalina strives to prove that he is not as poor as he was two decades ago, when Malina thwarted him when he wanted to marry his sister Róza. Despite the hostility between their fathers, Malina’s daughter Blaženka and Kalina’s son Vít love each other. All disputes are ultimately settled after the discovery of an old note by Friar Barnabáš, which leads Kalina to a treasure. But are piles of gold the most precious thing to be found? Smetana’s The Secret has been undertaken by Ondřej Havelka, a stage director possessing an acute sense for music theatre and humour, noted for his visually captivating storytelling. The production will be conducted by Robert Jindra, the music director of the National Theatre Opera.


National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet


  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • The program may be subject to change.
  • No discounts are provided.
  • Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)

Famous Laterna magika program and tickets

Similar events