National Theatre (Národní divadlo), Národní 2, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 110 00
- Wed 4. 9. 2019 19.00
- Mon 7. 10. 2019 19.00
- Sun 24. 11. 2019 17.00
- Fri 20. 12. 2019 19.00
- Thu 4. 6. 2020 19.00
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.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and English surtitles are used in the performance.
author: Antonín Dvořák
libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
musical preparation: Jakub Hrůša
conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink/Zbyněk Müller/Lukasz Borowicz/Keri-Lynn Wilson/Robert Jindra
stage director: Jiří Heřman
sets: Jaroslav Bönisch
cast: Dana Burešová/Maria Kobielska, Peter Berger/Aleš Briscein/Richard Samek, Štefan Kocán/Jiří Sulženko/František Zahradníček, Jolana Fogašová/Veronika Hajnová/Denisa Hamarová ...
duration of the performance: 3 h 10 min (2 intermissions)