Rusalka is one of the most intriguing works of the fin de siècle. Antonín Dvořák found his inspiration in the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid, a link in the age-old literary tradition of mysterious aquatic creatures craving a human soul. The Czech composer created a universal allegory in which the desire for an authentic existence plays a central role.

The water nymph Rusalka trades her natural existence for a life on earth. The price she pays for this is high and she loses her voice. After being rejected by her beloved prince and because she cannot possibly return to her former life, a tragic fate awaits her.

Dvořák’s lyrical score is permeated with a late-romantic heroism with Wagnerian influences. The composer nevertheless developed a unique sound through the use of Czech folk melodies. He gives musical form to both the natural world and the human world by way of various dance rhythms. This inspired the Norwegian director and choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen to give dance a central role in his production.

Øyen’s work guarantees fascinating dance theatre, as recently revealed by the acclaimed Bon Voyage, Bob, which he created for the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal. His melancholic and poetic images always go hand in hand with a confronting sense of reality. In this opera he evokes an abstract and visually overwhelming universe in which the existential and tragic story of Rusalka finds its counterpart in compassion and reconciliation.


New Year's Eve

Traditions are to be cherished. For the eleventh time in a row we offer you an unforgettable New Year's Eve! After the performance of Rusalka finishes on December 31th, we'll make our way to an exclusive three course dinner, walking distance from the opera, to kick off 2020 in style.

Please keep an eye on this web page for location, menu and prices. All information and tickets will be available on June 22nd, 2019.

Length: 3 hours 20 min, incl. intermission   Czech with Dutch and English surtitles  

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