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12+
Rusalka
About the performance

Rusalka by Dvořák, one of the brightest examples of Czech musical modernism, arrived on stage at the dawn of the 20st century. The premiere was held on the 31st of March 1901. It was born at the time of a phenomenon of “new drama”: theatre stages were occupied by the naturalistic plays by Henrik Ibsen and the symbolic writings by Maurice Maeterlinck. The final “kiss of death” of Rusalka makes us remember the female characters of Oscar Wilde: a few years later Salome by Richard Strauss would appear on an opera stage.

Premiered on March 6, 2019.

Presented with two intervals.

Libretto by Jarolslav Kvapil

The Bolshoi Theatre production

Scene:
New Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 40 minutes
Language:
Czech
Publisher of music material DILIA, z.s., Prague, Czech Republic
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Elena Manistina as Ježibaba.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anastasia Lerman, Alina Chertash and Svetlana Lachina as Wood Nymphs.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Miklós Sebestyén as The Water Sprite. Dinara Alieva as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anastasia Bibicheva as Ježibaba. Anna Nechaeva as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Irina Dolzhenko as Ježibaba. Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Peter Berger as The Prince.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Sergei Radchenko as The Prince. Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Dinara Alieva as Rusalka.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Yulia Mazurova as The kitchen boy / Errand boy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Yulia Mazurova as The kitchen boy / Errand boy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Roman Muravitsky as Gamekeeper / Bodyguard. Yulia Mazurova as The kitchen boy / Errand boy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anna Nechaeva as Rusalka / The Bride.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Maria Lobanova as The Foreign Princess / Special guest.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Dinara Alieva as Rusalka / The Bride. Oleg Dolgov as The Prince / The Groom.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka / The Bride. Sergei Radchenko as The Prince / The Groom. Elena Popovskaya as The Foreign Princess / Special guest.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Dinara Alieva as Rusalka / The Bride. Oleg Dolgov as The Prince / The Groom. Maria Lobanova as The Foreign Princess / Special guest.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka / The Bride.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anna Nechaeva as Rusalka / The Bride.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anastasia Shchegoleva as Rusalka / The Bride.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Ekaterina Morozova as Rusalka. Elena Manistina as Ježibaba.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Mikhail Gubsky as Gamekeeper. Ekaterina Vorontsova as The kitchen boy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Mikhail Kazakov as The Water Sprite.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Cast
03 April
2022

Sunday, 14:00

02 April
2022

Saturday, 19:00

01 April
2022

Friday, 19:00

31 March
2022

Thursday, 19:00

30 March
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Wood nymphs merrily dance and sing along by the lake. Rusalka sits forlornly on the shore. When Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite, asks what the matter is, she replies that she has fallen in love with a human, who comes often to the lake. Now she wants to become human herself and live on land to be with him. The Water Sprite warns her that humans are evil and full of sin. Rusalka insists, claiming they are full of love and have an eternal soul. The Water Sprite says she will have to get help from the witch Ježibaba. Rusalka calls on the moon to tell the Prince of her love. Ježibaba agrees to turn Rusalka into a human – but warns her that if she doesn’t find love she will be damned and the man she loves will die. Also, by becoming mortal, she will lose her power of speech. Convinced that her feelings for the Prince can overcome all spells, Rusalka agrees. The transformation is complete.

The Prince appears with a hunting party and sees the beautiful maiden by the lake. Even though she won’t speak to him, he is captivated by her beauty and leads her away to his castle.

General partner of the Bolshoi Theater — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theater — GUM