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New Production of Antonin Dvořák's Rusalka at The Royal Opera House Uses Bärenreiter's New Urtext Edition

Feb. 15, 2023

The Royal Opera House will present an exciting new production of Antonin Dvořák's Rusalka, directed by Ann Yee and Natalie Abrahami and conducted by Semyon Bychkov from February 21-March 7. The production utilizes Bärenreiter's excellent new urtext edition, edited by Robert Simon. Simon explains:

"The new edition of Antonín Dvořák's masterwork presents not a “new” Rusalka – conductors, performers, and audiences will find the same Czech masterpiece that has been enjoyed for over 100 years – but the opera in its definitive form, with all practical and musicological issues considered, well-documented, and clearly presented."

Click here to learn more about the source materials and process behind the creation of Bärenreiter's new urtext edition of Rusalka.

Climate activist and artist Love Ssega led a discussion with Rusalka creator and director
Ann Yee, alongside leading voices from across the arts, exploring how artists continue to make
brilliant theater against the backdrop of a global climate crisis.

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Antonín Dvořák
Rusalka, Op. 114
Lyric Fairy Tale in Three Acts
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil
Urtext Edition by Robert Simon
Characters: Prince (tenor), Duchess (soprano), Rusalka (soprano), Water Spirit (bass), Ježibaba (mezzo-soprano), Gamekeeper (tenor), Scullery Boy (soprano), Huntsman (tenor), Three Wood Nymphs (soprano, soprano, alto). The Prince’s entourage. Guests at the castle (SATB). Chorus of water nymphs under the water (SSAA).
Offstage: Cor.,Arm
Publisher: Bärenreiter Praha, BA10438-72, Performance material on hire
Duration: ca. 230'