A spellbinding fairy tale, or an ancient myth of man against Nature? Rusalka is both.
The National TheatreApproximate running time
3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission (20 minutes) minutesLanguage
In Czech, surtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
May 13, 2009
Water, fire, blood, an arrow, a dagger ... Passion, disillusion, revenge, forgiveness ... One of the world’s loveliest operas in a profound and meditative production abounding in mysterious symbols, magic light and wonderful music.
National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet
Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka is a true gem of Czech opera, one that has won over audiences worldwide. Ardent melodies, both tender and dramatically extreme, the composer’s masterful work with musical motifs and full-blooded orchestration, as well as Jaroslav Kvapil’s fabulous libretto, evoking K. J. Erben’s simple yet immensely forcible ballads, make Rusalka a work of fascinating beauty addressing audiences of all ages.
Rusalka has customarily been deemed a “mere” fairy-tale. To be sure, there is no doubt that the fantastic story and the characters of the wood nymphs, the water goblin and the witch are of a fairy-tale ilk, yet in its fairy-tale scenes Dvořák’s masterpiece bears an enciphered profound message about the fundamental order of forces, elements, energies and passions in the natural, and therefore also human, world.
Photo: Hana Smejkalová, Petra Hajská and Petr Neubert
Suitable for audience from 10 years.
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