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4:00 PM , Glyndebourne Festival , Glyndebourne

Dvořák: Rusalka

Glyndebourne Festival 2019

Dvořák Rusalka

Cast to include:
Sally Matthews Rusalka
LeRoy Johnson / Brenden Gunnell (11 July) Prince Evan 
Alexander Roslavets Vodník
Patricia Bardon Ježibaba 
Zoya Tsererina Foreign Princess
Colin Judson Gamekeeper 
Alix le Saux Kitchen Girl
Vuvu Mpofu First Nymph
Anna Pennisi Second Nymph
Alyona Abramova Third Nymph 

Robin Ticciati conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

What would you sacrifice for love? Water-nymph Rusalka is in the love with a handsome Prince who comes each day to bathe in her forest pool. But if she wants to win him she must risk everything, giving up not only her immortality but also her voice. Inspired by The Little Mermaid, Rusalka offers a poignant reimagining of the classic fairytale.

Rippled through with silvery, watery beauty, Dvořák’s lovely score conjures a dappled world of shadowy half-light, of things unspoken and unseen. Rustic folk melodies meet courtly dances and magical love-music in this late-Romantic masterpiece – an operatic fantasy that looks beyond the storybook world of happily-ever-after to find truths that are powerfully and painfully human.

Robin Ticciati conducts this revival of Melly Still’s much-loved production, with soprano Sally Matthews as the nymph who loses all for love. Patricia Bardon is the witch Ježibaba who takes it from her, fresh from her acclaimed performance as Cornelia in our Festival 2018 production of Giulio Cesare.