Rusalka (Krístīne Opolaís) Rusalka - Georg Zeppenfeld (Wassermann) und Kristīne Opolais (Rusalka) Rusalka: Kristīne Opolais (Rusalka) und Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Antonín Dvořák
Jaroslav Kvapil

Lyric fairy-tale in three acts op. 114
Rusalka feels trapped in a world from which there is no escape. She is ready to put her immortality on the line in return for a human soul, so she can gain the love of a handsome prince. But she must pay for it with her voice. Muted and liberated from her dark world, she is forced to watch as the prince rejects her in favor of a foreign princess – dooming them both. She cannot live, she cannot die, yet nevertheless at the end, she helps the prince find his death with a “rescuing” kiss.

In their opera Rusalka, which premièred in 1901, Antonin Dvořák and his librettist Jaroslav Kvapil mixed the Slavic myth of the undead vengeful woman from the water with such storybook characters as Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Undine and Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid. The fascinating musical worlds, the lyrical and highly dramatic moments came together to make Rusalka one of the most successful Czech operas ever written.

Sung in Czech with German surtitles


Friday, 9 November 2012
7.00 p.m. - app. 10.20 p.m.
Playing time: 3 hours, 20 minutes (1 intermission)
6.00 p.m. : Introductory event
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Musikalische Leitung Mikhail Tatarnikov
Inszenierung Martin Kušej
Bühne Martin Zehetgruber
Kostüme Heidi Hackl
Licht Reinhard Traub
Chor Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgie Olaf A. Schmitt.

Der Prinz Piotr Beczala
Die fremde Fürstin Heike Grötzinger
Rusalka Ana María Martínez
Der Wassermann Günther Groissböck
Die Hexe Birgit Remmert
Der Förster Ulrich Reß
Der Küchenjunge Iulia Maria Dan
1. Waldnymphe Laura Tatulescu
2. Waldnymphe Angela Brower
3. Waldnymphe Okka von der Damerau
Ein Jäger Tim Kuypers

The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera