Ball im Savoy

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The pivotal episode unfurls at a ball, where Aristide has an assignation with an old flame, the dancer Tangolita. Yet he has no inkling that his wife, Madeleine, has got wind of his intention and decided to attend the ball too, with a close friend of hers, Daisy, who has just returned from America. No one knows that Daisy is the famous composer Pasodoble. Mustapha Bey, the Turkish attaché, falls in love with Daisy, while Célestin, a timid young lawyer, is enchanted by Madeleine ...

All these entangled situations are accompanied by irresistible tones of vertiginous music, engrossing melodies and jazz rhythms, Hungarian dances, Viennese waltz and klezmer. The sophisticated, entertaining modern revue operetta will be adapted by the stage director Martin Čičvák and the conductor Jan Kučera. The State Opera, formerly the Neues deutsches Theater, presented Ball im Savoy in 1933, following which it has been performed in Brno, Ostrava, Opava, Olomouc and Teplice, as well as at the Karlín Music Theatre in Prague.

After nine decades, the operetta is now returning to the State Opera, as part of the Musica non grata project.

Program and cast





Stage director

Martin Čičvák

Costume design

Georges Vafias

Lighting design

Jan Dörner


Laco Cmorej


Hans Hoffer

Prague State Opera

The State Opera today


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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