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Antonín Dvořák


Antonín Dvořák wrote two fairy-tale operas. The cheerful tale The Devil and Kate and the lyrical Rusalka. Both belong to the most-performed works.

  • Stage JK Tyl Theatre
  • Premiere Saturday, 08 April 2017
  • Age Category For everyone
  • Libretto:
    Jaroslav Kvapil
    Musical arrangement:
    Norbert Baxa
    Conducted by:
    Norbert Baxa,
    Jiří Štrunc
    Directed by:
    Tomáš Ondřej Pilař
    Stage Design and Costumes:
    Aleš Valášek
    Petr Hloušek
    Light Design:
    Antonín Pfleger
    Script Editor:
    Zbyněk Brabec
    Zdeněk Vimr
    Martin Šinták
    Assistant Conductor:
    Chuhei Iwasaki
    Assistant director:
    Jakub Hliněnský
    Musical preparation:
    Maxim Averkiev,
    Ahmad Hedar,
    Martin Marek
    Eliška Ulrychová
    Stage manager:
    Petra Tolašová

It is not necessary to describe Rusalka in detail to the audience because most of them know this lyrical tale of a water nymph that longs for the love of the prince. Rusalka, however, is not just a fairy tale; the work raises some further questions about the meaning of life, human and supernatural beings and their co-existence. Dvořák composed Rusalka to a libretto by poet Jaroslav Kvapil based on Hans Christian Andersen's tales at the very peak of his creative powers in the late 19th and early 20th century and the spirit of Art Nouveau and Impressionism adds a unique charm to the piece. Rusalka's aria 'To the Moon' is one of the most famous Czech opera arias.

Premiere on 8 April 2017 at the Grand Theatre.