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Rusalka

Lyrical fairy-tale by Antonín Dvořák

Having fallen in love with the Prince, the water nymph Rusalka wishes to become human in order to be with him forever. The witch Ježibaba demands that Rusalka give up her voice for this transformation, whereupon she leaves her home and family. Arriving in the world of the humans, Rusalka initially enraptures the prince; yet the magical, voiceless creature remains something of a stranger in this new society, and eventually her lover turns away from her – which means death for him and banishment for her. With great dramatic feeling, Dvořák’s music for his fairy-tale opera (which premiered in Prague in 1901) contrasts the world of the ghostly, swirling underwater kingdom with the stiff formalities of the royal court. The international stage director Christof Loy will make his debut at the Semperoper with this allegorical study of the significance of one’s own identity and the meaning of the human soul, illustrated by the transformation of the main character Rusalka from a romantic water nymph to a suffering, loving human who lacks a real home.

Premiere 7. May 2022

Rusalka

Antonín Dvořák

Info
  • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

  • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

  • Free introductory talk
  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

  • Guided tour through the Semperoper
    Info
    • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

    • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

    • Free introductory talk
    • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

    • Guided tour through the Semperoper
      Info
      • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

      • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

      • Free introductory talk
      • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

      • Guided tour through the Semperoper
        Info
        • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

        • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

        • Free introductory talk
        • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

        • Guided tour through the Semperoper
          Info
          • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

          • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

          • Free introductory talk
          • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

          • Guided tour through the Semperoper
            Info
            • 7 pm – 10.35 pm

            • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

            • Free introductory talk
            • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

            • Guided tour through the Semperoper
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