About the showTatjana Gürbaca directs a new revival of Dvořák’s opera Rusalka, marking her ENO debut. A co-production with Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg, the heart-rending piece runs at the London Coliseum from 28 March 2020.
Written by Antonín Dvořák with a libretto by poet Jaroslav Kvapil, Rusalka is based upon an old folk tale. It received its premiere in 1901 in Prague. The famous "Song to the Moon" ("Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém") from the opera is popularly performed in concert and will be familiar from myriad film soundtracks.
The life of a young water-nymph is turned upside down when she falls in love with a human prince. Desiring to win his heart, she makes the decision to be transformed into a human.
Corinne Winters fulfils the role of the titular nymph. Winters made her UK debut in ENO's La Traviata (2013), playing Violetta. The Prince is performed by the Olivier Award-nominated David Butt Philip, the Water Spirit is played by David Soar, mezzo Patricia Bardon returns to ENO in the role of Ježibaba and soprano Claire Rutter is the Foreign Princess. They are joined onstage by ENO Harewood Artists Nadine Benjamin, Idunnu Münch, Katie Stevenson and Katie Coventry.
Director Tatjana Gürbaca’s prior credits include Macbeth at Staatstheater Mainz. Gürbaca is the recipient of the Opernwelt Director of the Year Award for 2013. Antony Hermus, who also makes his ENO debut, conducts. Klaus Grünberg is set and lighting designer, Anne Kuhn is Associate set designer and Barbara Drosihn is costume designer.
The evocative Rusalka boasts Dvořák’s melodious score and Gürbaca's sensitive direction. Witness this operatic marvel at the London Coliseum from 28 March 2020.
Who Should See It?Devotees of Dvořák’s work will recognise his skilled orchestration and penchant for melody in Rusalka. Those who enjoy folk stories and fairy tales will love this story of magic and romance.