Rusalka

by Antonín Dvořák
Lyric fairy tale in three acts
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

in Czech language
In this magical forest, the longing for transformation pulls from both sides - with occasionally radical consequences: The mermaid Rusalka longs to become human in order to be able to love the prince in the light of day. For this however, she must give up the form of her body and her voice. The prince, however, who could have everything his heart desires in the human world, seems to have been guided to Rusalka's mysterious pond in the middle of the night by an inner need for something specific. Many versions of this story (H.C. Andersen, Melusine, Disney's Arielle amongst others) have been interpreted by queer readings as a portrait of living a secretive life and the pain that comes with it. Following this line of thinking, director Bastian Kraft places drag and burlesque performers alongside the hybrid forest and water creatures that tell of parallel worlds at night in Antonín Dvořák's spectral yet beautiful opera Rusalka. Through their imaginative and fluid performance of gender, which speaks of freedom, they counteract a world thoroughly obsessed with fixed role models. In Rusalka's case, however, the trenches of being different cannot be bridged without a voice (and without a common language of desire): A foreign princess acts as the long arm of the norm and finally poisons the love between prince and mermaid turned human. In an empathetic examination of the permeability of boundaries and the chances of transformation, Bastian Kraft explores in his operatic debut how a world could be in which difference no longer means incompatibility. The musical direction is in the hands of the Ukrainian star conductor Oksana Lyniv.
Location
Opernhaus
World premiere
1901 in Prague

Premiere of this production
4. June 2022
Recommended age
from grade 8
Jun 2022
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
4
Opernhaus
8-126 €/H
Cast
Musical Direction Oksana Lyniv
Direction Bastian Kraft
Stage Design Peter Baur
Costumes Jelena Miletić
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Chorus Manuel Pujol
Dramaturgy Franz-Erdmann Meyer-Herder
Prince David Junghoon Kim
Foreign princess
Rusalka Esther Dierkes
Aquarius Goran Jurić
Ježibaba Katia Ledoux
Heger Torsten Hofmann
Kitchen boy Alexandra Urquiola
Elves
Huter Ángel Macías
Drag-Performance
Mitglieder des Staatsopernchores, Musiker*innen des Staatsorchesters Stuttgart
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Thu
9
Opernhaus
8-108 €/F
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
11
Opernhaus
8-115 €/G
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Thu
16
Opernhaus
8-108 €/F
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
19
Opernhaus
8-115 €/G
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
25
Opernhaus
8-115 €/G
Jul 2022
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
2
Opernhaus
8-115 €/G