Rusalka

Music by Antonín Dvořák

 

Don’t miss the opera that sky-rocketed Renée Fleming to fame. Based on the same story that inspired The Little Mermaid, Rusalka is a heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice. This operatic fantasy looks beyond the storybook world of happily-ever-after to expose truths that are powerfully and painfully human.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

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Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

Sung in Czech with English supertitles


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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours 25 minutes including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Fans of The Shape of Water, The Little Mermaid, Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Ondine, fantasy and the ballet Giselle.

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Sunday 06/16/19 2:00PM * Buy Tickets
Wednesday 06/19/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Saturday 06/22/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Tuesday 06/25/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Friday 06/28/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets

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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

The Buzz

THE BUZZ

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

“Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen was radiant in her Company debut as Eva."
San Francisco Examiner

“Tenor Brandon Jovanovich sang with ardor, tonal beauty and obvious fearlessness in the face of the role’s high-lying athleticism.”
San Francisco Gate

Synopsis

A water nymph's wish to be human carries a high price for her and the prince she loves.

 

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Rusalka Rachel Willis‐Sørensen
The Prince Brandon Jovanovich
Vodník (Water Gnome) Kristinn Sigmundsson
Ježibaba Jamie Barton
The Foreign Princess Sarah Cambidge
The Kitchen Boy Laura Krumm
The Forester Philip Horst
Hunter Andrew Manea

PERFORMANCES

June 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 2019

CREATIVE
Conductor Eun Sun Kim *
Production David McVicar
Set Designer John Macfarlane
Costume Designer Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer David Finn
Choreographer Andrew George
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A production of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

 

Previous performance of Rusalka can be found in our Archive

MADE POSSIBLE BY

The Carol Buck Foundation; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; and Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and Chevron.

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Photo (top): Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Rusalka/Todd Rosenberg.