The Whirlpool

Eugen Suchoň

The Whirlpool


Opera in six acts performed in Slovak

The historical SND building

Suchoň’s The Whirlpool was composed between 1941 and 1949 when it premièred. The opera has an eventful history. In the 1950s it was modified to accommodate the political demands of those in power. The present production by the internationally acclaimed film director Juraj Jakubisko is the fifth staging of the oeuvre at the Slovak National Theatre. The Whirlpool is set in a small upland hamlet after the First World War. It is a story of a young man driven by jealousy to commit murder. His crime opens way to marry the girl he loves, but he is tormented by conscience, that eventually leads him to confess and surrender to authorities. The Whirlpool is Slovak national opera with traditional dances, customs and intimations of folk song. Yet it is also a riveting and psychologically elaborate drama.

Perfomance length: 2 hrs 25 mins one interval

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Tickets for Category 4 in the SND historical building are for seating with limited view. That is reflected in the ticket price. Kindly note that such tickets, therefore, cannot be returned in the event of customer complaints on the above grounds.

Production Team