Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Conductor Alexander Prior
Stage director Florentine Klepper
Stage design Martina Segna
Costume design Anna Sofia Tuma
Rusalka Karen Vuong
Prinz Gerard Schneider
Wassermann Thomas Faulkner
Fremde Fürstin Dshamilja Kaiser
Ježibaba Judita Nagyová
Heger / Jäger Steven LaBrie
Küchenjunge Corinna Scheurle
A mermaid abandons her surroundings and sacrifices her voice so as to experience love for a human being. A young man encounters a strange female being, appears in his fascination for the unknown to overcome limits and yet, bound by convention, is ultimately unable to really get to know her. They come together only in death.
Antonin Dvořák’s most successful opera, first performed in 1901 in the National Theatre in Prague, draws on the rich world of fairy-tales and myths in European Romanticism, in which intellect and sensitivity, consciousness and sub-consciousness, dream and reality merge and interact. In Slav mythology the concept Rusalka signifies a female water nymph, usually with a violent origin and tragic consequences for mortals who come into contact with her. The story of the opera Rusalka is based on the fairy-tale The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen which itself goes back to the Undine and Melusine sagas of the 14th and 12th centuries. In bewitchingly beautiful melodies, characteristic rhythms and richly nuanced and sensuous sounds, rooted in Slav folk music, the work poses questions which are still relevant: questions as to one’s own identity, the limitation of space to live and be free, the relationship between human beings and nature. This is why this work has secured itself a firm place in the repertoire and in the hearts of audiences.
Heger / Jäger