Opera

Rusalka

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

Cast

Conductor Philipp Pointner
Director Olesya Golovneva, Daniela Kerck
Stage Design Daniela Kerck
Costume Design Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting Design Klaus Krauspenhaar
Video Astrid Steiner
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Anika Bárdos
Rusalka Olesya Golovneva, Elena Bezgodkova
The Prince Gerard Schneider
Vodník Derrick Ballard
Ježibaba / The Foreign Princess Katrin Wundsam
Gamekeeper / Hunter Christopher Bolduc
Turnspit / Kitchen Boy Stella An
First Wood Sprite Donata-Alexandra Koch
Second Wood Sprite Nora Kazemieh
Third Wood Sprite Sarah Mehnert
Spratek Sascha Schicht
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden