Antony McDonald’s five-star production of Rusalka (originally for Grange Park Opera) brings a dark and poignant fairy tale to life. Inspired by the same folk story as The Little Mermaid, this hugely imaginative yet unsettling production contrasts sweet and touching moments of beauty with the menacing story at its core.
Dvořák’s lusciously romantic score, including the famous ‘Song to the Moon’, moves from lyrical moments of passion and heartbreak to passages of folk-inspired melodies. Joined by a company of dancers and actors, a standout cast includes Anne Sophie Duprels in the title role, and Sir Willard White (Father/Water Sprite).
Peter Wedd (Prince) makes a welcome return to Scottish Opera after appearing as Laca in Jenufa (“Peter Wedd gave [an] astonishing performance”), and Pedro in James MacMillan’s Ines de Castro.
Natalya Romaniw makes her debut with Scottish Opera as Foreign Princess. Natalya recently graduated from Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Young Artists Program, and is building an international reputation after performing with Suzel in L’Amico Fritz for Den Jyske Opera and Fiora in L’Amore dei Tre Re for Opera Holland Park last year (“thrilling and fearless vocalism”, Opera Magazine).
Rusalka opens on Tuesday 5th April with three performances in Glasgow, and a further 3 performances in Edinburgh until 16th April.