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RUSALKA

Antonín Dvořák
To

New Production

Dvořák’s bewitching opera is a retelling of the timeless mermaid myth. Rusalka, the water sprite, is hopelessly smitten by an earth-bound prince. But, to be by his side, she has to risk it all and leave behind her mystical home of rivers and lakes to enter the dangerous world of humans on land. Getting her wish granted, however, turns out to be as much a curse as it is a blessing. 

Dreamlike melodies and ethereal poetry cast a powerful spell in this sensuous opera, which includes the “Song to the Moon” aria, performed by superstar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.


Performances

Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m.


Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCRusalka | @CanadianOpera
General onsale – Monday, August 26, 2019 | Under 30 – Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Performance time is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions.

Sung in Czech with English SURTITLESTM




CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Conductor Johannes Debus
Director David McVicar
Set Designer John Macfarlane
Costume Designer Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer David Finn
Choreographer Andrew George
Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


Rusalka Sondra Radvanovsky
Vodník Matthew Rose/Stefan Kocan*
Ježibaba Elena Manistina
Prince Pavel Cernoch
Foreign Princess Keri Alkema
First Wood Nymph Anna-Sophie Neher
Second Wood Nymph Jamie Groote
Third Wood Nymph Lauren Segal
Gamekeeper Matthew Cairns
Hunter Vartan Gabrielian

*Oct. 24, 26, 2019

Lyric Opera of Chicago production

With the COC Orchestra & Chorus

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love from afar with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

Rusalka has fallen deeply in love with a Prince who often comes to the water’s edge. She has one desire: to be human, so that she can spend her life with him. Against the wishes of her father, the Water Gnome, Rusalka evokes the witch Ježibaba. The witch agrees to help her, with horrifying conditions: in order to exchange her mermaid’s form for a woman’s body, Rusalka must sacrifice her voice she can never speak to her Prince. And, should he one day be unfaithful, he will die and Rusalka will never be allowed to return to her world, Rusalka agrees, and Ježibaba casts her spell.

Transformed, Rusalka is discovered by the Prince, who is hunting in the forest.  He is enchanted by this beautiful, silent girl, and, resolving to marry her, leads her to his castle.

Rusalka is unable to return or express the love she feels for the Prince. She withdraws, much to the Prince’s frustration. The Prince’s attention is drawn to the Foreign Princess, who senses the tension between Rusalka and the Prince. Rusalka is devastated.

ACT II

Rusalka wishes to return to her world, but is unable to do so. She turns to the witch Ježibaba, who tells her there is only one way to break the conditions of her spell: she must kill the Prince who has betrayed her. Rusalka refuses.

The Prince searches for Rusalka.  When he finds her, he understands the profoundly destructive consequences of his actions. He asks for her kiss. “This kiss,” says Rusalka, “will be your death.” Undaunted, he kisses her and dies.

GALLERY


(Top to bottom, left to right): Ana María Martínez as Rusalka in Rusalka (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014), photo: Todd Rosenberg; A scene from Rusalka (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014), photo: Todd Rosenberg

Listen



Dvǒrák’s Rusalka. Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Ben Heppner (Prince), Franz Hawlata (Vodnik), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba). Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, 1998. Decca

WATCH

TRAILER | Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rusalka, February 2014

Watch the Lyric Opera of Chicago production 2014.


 

BUZZ

“A powerful new production that is as thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly executed as one could wish.” Chicago Tribune

“Gorgeous set.” Chicago Critic

“[The production] largely preserves the soaring magic and longing of its fairy tale origin.” Classical Voice America

“[Sondra Radvanovsky] at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold.” Toronto Star

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

    Performance time is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions.

    Sung in Czech with English SURTITLESTM



    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

    Conductor Johannes Debus
    Director David McVicar
    Set Designer John Macfarlane
    Costume Designer Moritz Junge
    Lighting Designer David Finn
    Choreographer Andrew George
    Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


    Rusalka Sondra Radvanovsky
    Vodník Matthew Rose/Stefan Kocan*
    Ježibaba Elena Manistina
    Prince Pavel Cernoch
    Foreign Princess Keri Alkema
    First Wood Nymph Anna-Sophie Neher
    Second Wood Nymph Jamie Groote
    Third Wood Nymph Lauren Segal
    Gamekeeper Matthew Cairns
    Hunter Vartan Gabrielian

    *Oct. 24, 26, 2019

    Lyric Opera of Chicago production

    With the COC Orchestra & Chorus

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love from afar with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.

    SYNOPSIS

    ACT I

    Rusalka has fallen deeply in love with a Prince who often comes to the water’s edge. She has one desire: to be human, so that she can spend her life with him. Against the wishes of her father, the Water Gnome, Rusalka evokes the witch Ježibaba. The witch agrees to help her, with horrifying conditions: in order to exchange her mermaid’s form for a woman’s body, Rusalka must sacrifice her voice she can never speak to her Prince. And, should he one day be unfaithful, he will die and Rusalka will never be allowed to return to her world, Rusalka agrees, and Ježibaba casts her spell.

    Transformed, Rusalka is discovered by the Prince, who is hunting in the forest.  He is enchanted by this beautiful, silent girl, and, resolving to marry her, leads her to his castle.

    Rusalka is unable to return or express the love she feels for the Prince. She withdraws, much to the Prince’s frustration. The Prince’s attention is drawn to the Foreign Princess, who senses the tension between Rusalka and the Prince. Rusalka is devastated.

    ACT II

    Rusalka wishes to return to her world, but is unable to do so. She turns to the witch Ježibaba, who tells her there is only one way to break the conditions of her spell: she must kill the Prince who has betrayed her. Rusalka refuses.

    The Prince searches for Rusalka.  When he finds her, he understands the profoundly destructive consequences of his actions. He asks for her kiss. “This kiss,” says Rusalka, “will be your death.” Undaunted, he kisses her and dies.



  • (Top to bottom, left to right): Ana María Martínez as Rusalka in Rusalka (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014), photo: Todd Rosenberg; A scene from Rusalka (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014), photo: Todd Rosenberg




  • Dvǒrák’s Rusalka. Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Ben Heppner (Prince), Franz Hawlata (Vodnik), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba). Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, 1998. Decca

  • TRAILER | Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rusalka, February 2014

    Watch the Lyric Opera of Chicago production 2014.


     

  • “A powerful new production that is as thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly executed as one could wish.” Chicago Tribune

    “Gorgeous set.” Chicago Critic

    “[The production] largely preserves the soaring magic and longing of its fairy tale origin.” Classical Voice America

    “[Sondra Radvanovsky] at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold.” Toronto Star


2019/2020 season creative: BT/A

RUSALKA

Antonín Dvořák
To

New Production

Dvořák’s bewitching opera is a retelling of the timeless mermaid myth. Rusalka, the water sprite, is hopelessly smitten by an earth-bound prince. But, to be by his side, she has to risk it all and leave behind her mystical home of rivers and lakes to enter the dangerous world of humans on land. Getting her wish granted, however, turns out to be as much a curse as it is a blessing. 

Dreamlike melodies and ethereal poetry cast a powerful spell in this sensuous opera, which includes the “Song to the Moon” aria, performed by superstar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.


Performances

Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m.


Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCRusalka | @CanadianOpera
General onsale – Monday, August 26, 2019 | Under 30 – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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