Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Opera ('lyric fairy tale') in three acts
Sung in Czech, with German surtitles.
Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
Premiere: 1901 in Prague
One of the most beloved Czech operas of all time, Antonín Dvořák’s famous "Rusalka" is part of the stable repertoire of many opera companies around the world. Composed as a "lyric fairy tale", the work deals with themes of love, redemption, identity, longing, communication and speechlessness. Rusalka, a water sprite, falls in love with a prince who comes to swim in the lake where she lives. She is willing to sacrifice everything for the man she loves and, despite all warnings, leaves her watery home to follow the prince. But she soon becomes disillusioned by the human world, wandering endlessly until, finally, she is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
PREMIERE: 21 January 2023