2-25 Jun 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
3:05, incl. 1 interval
Is a dream worth the ultimate sacrifice?
- Missed Rusalka? The opera can still be seen online via Operavision until 12.00pm on 7 November!
OperaVision is a freeview opera streaming platform, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The place to see opera online, OperaVision is a window on the varied landscape of musical theatre for a connected world. More information: operavision.eu
What lengths would you go to find happiness? Directors Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn present a young woman on the outskirts of society in their adaptation of the opera. At the cinema, she fantasises about living in the golden heyday of Hollywood, by the side of a handsome movie star. She goes to great lengths to enter this world. But will reality live up to the dream?
Photo: Conductor Joana Mallwitz | © Nikolaj Lund
Opera in three acts
Sung in Czech
Libretto Jaroslav Kvapil
Musical direction Joana Mallwitz
Stage direction Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn
Lighting design Philipp Stölzl
Set design Heike Vollmer, Philipp Stölzl
Costume design Anke Winckler
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Dramaturgy Simon Berger
Princ (Prince) Pavel Černoch
Cizí kněžna (Foreign Princess) Annette Dasch
Rusalka Johanni van Oostrum
Ježibaba Raehann Bryce-Davis
Vodník (Water Goblin) Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev
Kuchtík (Kitchen Boy) Karin Strobos
Hajný (Gamekeeper) Erik Slik
Lovec (Hunter) Georgiy Derbas-Richter*
Lesní žinky (Wood Nymphs)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper
* Dutch National Opera Studio
Part of Holland Festival
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
Five reasons to look forward to Rusalka
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
The Royal Concertgebouw has a world-class reputation. In part, it owes this reputation to the distinguished conductors and soloists it has worked with since its founding in 1888. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs roughly 120 concerts a year, 80 at the Concertgebouw and 40 at other prestigious concert halls. lt also has access to classical music fans all over the world through videos, streams, radio, TV broadcasts, CDs and DVDs. In addition, the orchestra has its own academy that prepares talented young musicians for a career with a renowned orchestra. lts Concertgebouw Orchestra Young Programme is designed specifically for budding musicians between the ages of 14 and 17 from all over Europe. Dutch National Opera has a long and valuable partnership with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and they will join us this season for Rusalka, under the baton of Joana Mallwitz.
Photo: Simon van Boxtel
As soon as the curtains open, we step into a visual spectacle. [...] In the end, DNO puts on a convincing new fairy tale with Rusalka. A hopeful proof that it is indeed possible to reinvent opera.
The sets and blazing playing of the Concertgebouw Orchestra are not to be missed. [...] Visual spectacle, humour, sizzling orchestral playing and good singers: season finisher Rusalka has a lot in it to make it to audience favourite. *** direction and vocals / **** orchestra
What a spectacular set Dutch National Opera had commissioned for Rusalka. [...] Best of all was American mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as the witch Jezibaba. A creamy, full voice that was used with great conviction.