Rusalka is Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s most successful opera. Its highlight is often considered to be the wistful, haunting ‘Song to the Moon’, in which Rusalka asks the moon to reveal her love to the prince. Dvořák’s composition is achingly stunning, its sound is poetic and sensual and full of wonderful sound effects.
Conductor Joana Mallwitz leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and directed by Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn, soprano Johanni van Oostrum sings the role of Rusalka. Czech tenor Pavel Černoch sings the role of the prince, and American mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis makes her debut as the witch Ježibaba. A timeless tale of dreams, desire and disappointment.