Dutch National Opera presents

Rusalka ANTONÍN DVOŘAK (1841-1904)

This show was to been seen in June 2020


Duration 3:35

Breaks 2


Language Czech

Surtitles Dutch and English

The government’s temporary decision to ban events and gatherings until 1 June 2020, in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, means that Dutch National Opera & Ballet will be closed until that date. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

Dvořák’s Rusalka is about a water nymph who dreams of a life on land, rooted in the tradition of the ‘undine’ as well as the opposition between man and nature. While Rusalka sacrifices almost everything to live as a human with her prince, she ultimately returns to the water utterly disillusioned.



An undine is a water nymph that takes the form of a dazzlingly beautiful woman without a soul. The only way that she can obtain a soul is by marrying a human, but if he leaves her, she kills him with a kiss. With no hope of finding lasting contentment in either her own or the human world, the undine is tragically doomed to a lonely existence.

Dvořáks supreme masterpiece
Antonín Dvořák created Rusalka when he was at the very height of his musical powers. It contains sublimely poetic and sensual passages, particularly those evoking the Bohemian forest. Rusalka is the Czech composer’s most adored opera both within and outside his homeland. Most famous is Rusalka’s ‘Song to the Moon’, in which she begs the moon to tell her beloved that she is waiting for him.

Team and cast

For this annual Holland Festival production, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is led by young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, whose mentor Jiřì Bêlohlávek was a specialist in this repertoire. He and director Philipp Stölzl are both new faces at DNO.

Eleonora Buratto sings Rusulka for the first time, returning to DNO after roles in Il viaggio a Reims, Le nozze di Figaro and La bohème. In the role of the Prince is American tenor Brian Jagde, acclaimed as one of the greatest tenors singing today. Dmitry Ivashchenko (Khovanshchina, Die Zauberflöte) is the water sprite Vodník and Anna Larsson (Gurre-Lieder) the witch Ježibaba.



Lyrisch sprookje

in 3 bedrijven


Jaroslav Kvapil


31 maart 1901

Nationaal Theater


Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director
Jakub Hrůša
Stage Director
Philipp Stölzl
Set Designer
Heike Vollmer en Philipp Stölzl
Costume Designer
Anke Winckler
Simon Berger
Philipp Stölzl in collaboration with Cor van den Brink
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master
Ching-Lien Wu
Brian Jagde
(6, 9, 14, 16, 20, 23 juni)
Pavel Černoch
(26, 28 juni)
Vreemde prinses
Elena Zhidkova
Eleonora Buratto
Dmitry Ivashchenko
Anna Larsson
Frederik Bergman - Opera Studio
Karin Strobos
Mark Omvlee
Drie nimfen
Lilian Farahani
Rosanne van Sandwijk
Alyona Abramova


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the world’s leading orchestras, renowned for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, and has worked with the most distinguished composers and conductors. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky all led the orchestra on more than one occasion. Since its formation in 1888, the orchestra has had only seven chief conductors: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – from September 2016 to August 2018 – Daniele Gatti. At this time, the position is vacant. The orchestra’s educational programme, RCO Academy, trains young talented musicians for orchestral careers. In 2020, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is accompanying Rusalka at DNO.


Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Dutch National Opera's own chorus consists of 50 singers, regularly augmented with freelance members for large productions. The Chorus has an impressive record with milestones including opera productions of Saint Francois dAssise, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Ercole amante, Boris Godoenov, La Juive, Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, Parsifal, Guillaume Tell, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Faust, La forza del destino, Das Flos der Medusa, Oedipe and Tannhauser, and concerts of Der fliegende Hollander in Rotterdam, Paris and Dortmund and Daphnis et Chloe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Under the artistic direction of Ching-Lien Wu since 1 September 2014, in 2016 the authoritative Opernwelt magazine named the DNO Chorus the Best Opera Chorus of the year. In the 2019-2020 season the Chorus is singing in Pagliacci |Cavalleria rusticana, Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, Nabucco, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Carmen and Rusalka.


FOYER evening

ma 18 mei Rusalka

Musical evening giving an accessible, in-depth explanation of operas and ballets.

NB: In principle, the foyer evenings are given in Dutch, but in practice the high number of international guests means that English is often spoken as well.

Step into the world of the makers. Sit back with a drink in an informal setting and enjoy an aria or duet, a pas de deux or small ensemble, or an interview with a singer or choreographer. A varied programme, linked to a topical theme, is presented for each production.

The doors and the bar open at 20.00. The evening begins at 20.30 and lasts around an hour and a quarter. The bar will stay open afterwards.

Regular - € 10
Students - € 7.50

Free for Giving Circle members of Dutch National Opera, Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Prices are exclusive of booking charges. Tickets for performances can be purchased separately


    Mon 04 Feb Bachtrack over Stölzl’s Il Trovatore, 2013

    “Philipp Stölzl’s production is intellectually challenging as well as visually interesting, […].”

    Thu 14 Feb Das Opernmagazin 2018 about Stölzl's Frankenstein

    ‘Under Stölzl's powerful acting direction, the singers demonstrate that they can undergo a swift transformation.’