“Rusalka” at the Brno National Theather in the Czech Republic


A fairy tale of love and betrayal together with Dvořák’s enchanting score

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Janacek Theatre – Rooseveltova 1-7 |
Sunday  November 3, 2013, Saturday December 28, 2013, Sunday January 1, 2014,
Saturday January 25, 2014, Friday february 28, 2014, Wednesday March 12, 2014

Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
Author: Antonín Dvořák
Musical Preparation: Jaroslav Kyzlink
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink, Ondrej Olos
Director: Vladimír Morávek
Set Design: Daniel Dvořák
Costume Design: Sylva Zimula Hanáková
Choreographer: Ladislava Košíková
Chorus Master: Pavel Koňárek
Dramaturgist: Patricie Částková
Assistant Conductor: Daniel Simandl
Assistant Stage Director: Barbora Hamalová, Renata Fraisová, Kristýna Kopřivová
Video Projection: Tomáš Hrůza

Cast 3.11.2013 17:00

Rusalka, a water nymph Anna Wierzbicka
The Prince Richard Samek
Vodník, the water goblin Gustáv Beláček
The Foreign Princess Iveta Jiříková
Ježibaba, an old witch Veronika Hajnová Fialová
Kitchen Boy Martina Králíková
Gamekeeper Jiří Klecker
First Wood Sprite Tereza Merklová Kyzlinková
Second Wood Sprite Jitka Klečanská
Third Wood Sprite Hana Kopřivová
Hunter Igor Loškár

Dirigent představení: Jaroslav Kyzlink

Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno

 Premiere 24th February 2012, Janáček Theatre


A fairy tale of love and betrayal together with Dvořák’s enchanting score

Rusalka is by far the most successful opera composed by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech poet Jaroslav Kvapil drew on a range of sources for the libretto, including The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. The lyrical fairy tale tells the story of Rusalka, a water nymph, who falls in love with a mortal and strikes a terrible bargain with the witch Ježibaba to gain mortality herself. A tale of great love and betrayal, Dvořák’s music with is beautiful melodies and motifs, successfully balances the human and natural world. Moments of exquisite lyricism, such as Rusalka’s famous ‘Song to the Moon’ in Act I, are blended with earthy, folk-derived dances.

Dvořák’s Rusalka was first performed at the National Theatre in Prague in 1901 and has remained in the theatre’s repertoire ever since. The premiere was a great triumph at home and although initially slow to build in popularity in the rest of Europe, Rusalka is now regularly performed worldwide. In 2011 Rusalka celebrated its 110th anniversary since its premiere, however it hasn’t lost its freshness, appeal, and relevance for today’s audience.

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National Theatre Brno
state-funded organisation
Dvorakova 11
Brno 657 70

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