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Opera The National Theatre

Rusalka

Antonín Dvořák, stage director Jiří Heřman

Information

Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
Musical preparation: Jakub Hrůša
Conductor: Zbyněk Müller
Stage director: Jiří Heřman
Sets: Jaroslav Bönisch
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Lights: Daniel Tesař
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk
Choreography: Jan Kodet
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus

Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

Premiere: May 13, 2009

Dvořák’s Rusalka is a true gem of Czech opera, one that has won over audiences worldwide. The composer’s ardent melodies, both tender and dramatically extreme, his masterful work with musical motifs and full-blooded orchestration, as well as Jaroslav Kvapil’s fairy-tale libretto, evoking Erben’s immensely forcible ballads, make Rusalka a work of fascinating beauty addressing audiences of all ages. Rusalka is customary deemed a “mere” fairy-tale. To be sure, there is no doubt that the fantastic story and the characters of the nymphs, water goblin or the witch are of a fairy-tale nature, yet in its fairy-tale scenes Dvořák’s paramount operatic work bears an enciphered yet profound message about the fundamental order of powers, elements, energies and passions in the natural, therefore also human, world.

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the National Theatre Opera.

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

Photo: Hana Smejkalová, Petra Hajská and Petr Neubert

Duration of the performance: 3 hours and 10 minutes, 2 intermissions

Cast

Rusalka

Water Goblin

Witch, Foreign Princess

First Wood Sprite

Complete Cast

Second Wood Sprite

Third Wood Sprite

Turnspit

Gamekeeper

Hunter