Rusalka is one of the most popular and also the most
performed works in the Czech opera
repertoire and is the true culmination of the entire operatic oeuvre of Antonin
A powerful source of inspiration for Dvorak was the masterful libretto by
in which the fairy-tale realm symbolically encounters the world of human joys
This is a fairy-tale drama about the ill-fated love which Rusalka, a water
for a human being. In order for her to love and be loved, she must renounce her
water kingdom. With the help of the witch Jezibaba's spells, she is transformed
a person, however, she has to pay for this transformation by remaining mute.
soon becomes weary of her cold, silent beauty. In despair, Rusalka yearns only
to the watery depths. The Prince, once again lured by Rusalka's magic, goes
back to the
forest lake, but Rusalka's kiss of reconciliation and redemption is, for him,
the kiss of
death. Dvorak's musical setting for the fairy-tale libretto has exceptional
and lyrical fervour; the whole opera has a suggestive, quasi impressionistic
The score is published together with a Czech and German text (transl. Robert
The editor of this title, part of the first Complete Critical Edition of Works
Dvorak, is Jarmil Burghauser.
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