Dutch National Opera presented
by The Holland Festival

“A water nymph falls in love with a prince and wants to become human. She’s even willing to give up her voice, hoping to get closer to him. For his enchanting 1901 opera Rusalka, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was inspired by the Germanic folk tale of Undine, also the inspiration behind Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. His composition is poetic and sensual – melancholy melodies with Rusalka’s Song to the Moon as the opera’s highlight. With Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša leading the Concertgebouworkest and in a staging by German director Philipp Stölzl, the role of Rusalka is sung by soprano Eleanora Buratto. American tenor Brian Jagde is the prince. A timeless fairy tale about dreams, loneliness and the desperate yearning for wholeness.”

Photo credit: Florian Joahn