Dvořák: Rusalka / Alan Gilbert

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Soloists – Hamburg International Music Festival

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Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra © Nikolaj Lund

Main role with and without a voice

A water sprite, wildly in love and with an exceptional talent for singing, wants to become human, and pays the price by forsaking her beautiful voice. But the human prince she idolises is unfaithful, which brings about his death and sends the water sprite back to the spirit world. At least this means that she gets her voice back and can bring the piece to an end with enchanting singing, though she does not regain her peace of mind… Thus, in a nutshell, the story of Antonín Dvořák’s best-known and probably best opera, »Rusalka«, which was first performed in 1901. The »lyrical fairy tale« about the doomed love of a supernatural water creature for a human has rung in the ears of hundreds of thousands of opera fans around the world ever since – albeit generally not the whole work, but in the shape of a single extract: Rusalka’s »Lied an den Mond« (Song to the Moon) is one of the top hits in the aria repertoire.

The complete opera, however, has never become established as a standard in the German-speaking countries to date – the linguistic challenge of a full-length opera sung in Czech is too great, while the symbolistic fairy story of this »Czech Undine« may seem out-of-date nowadays.

But Dvořák’s wonderful music, his undoubted talent for lyrical atmosphere and depiction of nature, and in this case his artful use of leitmotifs make it well worth exploring the »complete package«! So chief conductor Alan Gilbert decided to at least stage a concert performance of the opera together with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra as part of the Hamburg International Music Festival, whose motto this year is »Nature«.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Prager Philharmonischer Chor

Rachel Willis-Sørensen Rusalka

Anastasiya Taratorkina Küchenjunge

Ekaterina Gubanova Fremde Fürstin

Michelle DeYoung Jezibaba

David Junghoon Kim tenor

Attilio Glaser Heger/Förster

Nicholas Mogg baritone

Eric Owens Wassermann

Catherina Witting Elfe

Lucy De Butts Elfe

Anna-Maria Torkel Elfe

conductor Alan Gilbert


Antonín Dvořák
Rusalka / Lyrisches Märchen in drei Akten op. 114

Concertante performance in Czech

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Hamburg International Music Festival


Opera in Concert

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

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