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Rusalka (Nov '15)

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A Mermaid’s Tale.

Although Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Dvorák’s Rusalka are based on the same Hans Christian Andersen fable, this isn’t your daughter’s Ariel. A hauntingly poetic libretto matched with a lush score, Rusalka tells the story of a lovely yet lovelorn mermaid who yearns to become human. The searing aria, “Song to the Moon,” is filled with longing as she prays for the prince to return her love. Her wish is granted, but she discovers that what we desir e can also destroy and redemption is seldom granted.

Runtime: 3 hours including two intermissions
Sung in Czech with English titles
Appropriate for children 11+


Know Before You Go

Immerse yourself in Rusalka with the resources below:

  1. A Soprano out of Water
  2. Cast, Characters and Artists
  3. Brief Synopsis
  4. Musical highlights from Rusalka
  5. Rusalka Detailed Plot Outline
  6. Antonín Dvořák
  7. The Rusalka Sources
  8. History of an Archetype
  9. Some Final Rusalka Thoughts
  10. Rusalka Bibliography
  11. Rusalka Production Photos

Download a full, printable version of the Rusalka resources

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