Teatro Real Madrid
The libretto of the most well known opera by Dvořak, which premiered in Prague in 1901, is inspired by the Czech version of the Central European folktale, one we also know as 'Undine' (1811) by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué or 'The Little Mermaid' (1837) by Hans Christian Andersen.
This presentation of Rusalka from Madrid is a unique performance to New Park, as this Opera is not playing elsewhere in England
The original story is perfectly translated into a musical score full of colour and magic where it is possible to perceive a Wagnerian influence, especially in the river currents of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'. There are also considerable similarities with another wonderful aquatic fable of sacrifice and redemption: 'Sadko' (1898) by Rimski-Kórsakov.
Notwithstanding, the composer did not renounce his Bohemian roots for he left a mark on a large part of his creations as an artist committed to Czech music and culture. As of the last decades of the 20th century, its presence on the world stage has consolidated and today 'Rusalka' is one of the twenty most performed operas; surprisingly it has never been performed since the re-inauguration of the Teatro Real.
Ivor Bolton (Conductor)
Christof Loy (Stage Direction)
Asmik Grigorian (Soprano) : Rusalka
Eric Cutler (Tenor)
Karita Mattila (Soprano) : Cizi Knezna
Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev (Bass) : Vodnik
Katarina Dalayman (Soprano) : Ježibaba
Sebastià Peris (Baritone) : Lovec
Manel Esteve (Baritone) : Hajny
Juliette Mars (Mezzo-soprano) : Kuchtik
Julietta Aleksanyan (Soprano) : First nymph
Rachel Kelly (Mezzo-soprano) : Second nymph
Alyona Abramova (Mezzo-soprano) : Third nymph
Sung in Czech with English subtitles
Recorded 25 Nov 2020 - Teatro Real | Madrid
180m approx. including interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends £15)