Rusalka educator materials

Music by Antonín Dvořák


A mermaid's journey for human love.

The water nymph Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a witch. In Dvořák’s hands, the timeless fairy tale of a woman who trades her voice for love is rendered in a powerful, otherworldly fable—a drama of shadowy depths, fervent love songs and endings that may not be what they seem. Enter an enchanting world full of immortal spirits, dark magic and haunting melodies.

Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

Sung in Czech with English supertitles


A water nymph's wish to be human carries a high price for her and the prince she loves.


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Cast and Creative

Rusalka Rachel Willis‐Sørensen
The Prince Brandon Jovanovich
Vodník (Water Gnome) Ferruccio Furlanetto
Ježibaba Jamie Barton
The Foreign Princess Sarah Cambidge
The Kitchen Boy Laura Krumm
Conductor Eun Sun Kim *
Production David McVicar
Set Designer John Macfarlane
Costume Designer Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer David Finn
Choreographer Andrew George
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A production of Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Previous performance of Rusalka can be found in our Archive

The Buzz


“A powerful new production that is as thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly executed as one could wish.”
Chicago Tribune

“Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen was radiant in her Company debut as Eva."
San Francisco Examiner

“Tenor Brandon Jovanovich sang with ardor, tonal beauty and obvious fearlessness in the face of the role’s high-lying athleticism.”
San Francisco Gate

Photo (top): Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Rusalka/Todd Rosenberg.