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Duration: 3 h 30 min Intermissions: 1
Language: Czech Subtitles: Norwegian
Location: Grieghallen
Premiere: 23. Oct 2021 Running period: 23 - 29. October

Rusalka's song to the moon is one of the highlights in the fairy-tale world of Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera which premieres in October.

Star soprano Malin Byström, whose strong title roles include Salome, Jenůfa and Tosca, debuts in the role as Rusalka, the water nymph who longs to be human. Her fatal love, the Prince, is sung by the American tenor Brenden Gunnell. Hege Høisæter sings the witch Ježibaba, Jongmin Park is Vodník and Allison Cook is the Foreign Princess. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Bergen Philharmonic.

Dvořák’s Rusalka is regarded as a national treasure in the Czech Republic, however in Norway this romantic and melodic gem is rarely performed. Gullberg Jensen conducted Rusalka, for the first time in Norway, in Oslo in 2009 for the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Whilst the music is classic, and the world it inhabits unique, director Àlex Ollé plans to go deeper than just conveying a fairy tale: for him, the fatal love story about the water nymph Rusalka and the prince is an allegory of alienation and being different in the world today.

– I look very much forward to presenting Rusalka, an opera which has been with me throughout my opera career. Since conducting it in 2009 in the brand new opera house in Oslo it has become one of my personal favourites. It is a joy that this wonderful universe now can be experienced in Bergen, says Eivind Gullberg Jensen

The famous aria "Song to the moon" is one of the highlights of the opera. Enjoy this wonderful recording from The Metropolitan Opera i New York, with soprano Renée Fleming as Rusalka:

Opera in three acts

Antonín Dvorák / Music
Jaroslav Kvapil / Libretto  

Creative team:
Eivind Gullberg Jensen / Conductor
Àlex Ollé / Stage Director
Alfons Flores / Set Designer
Lluc Castells / Costume Designer

Urs Schönebaum / Lighting Designer
Håkon Matti Skrede / Chorus Master  

Malin Byström / Rusalka
Brenden Gunnell  / The prince (Princ)
Allison Cook / The foreign princess (Cizí kněžna)
Jongmin Park / Vodník
Hege Høisæter / Ježibaba
Igor Gnidii / The gamekeeper (Hajný)
Siv Oda Hagerupsen / The turnspit (Kuchtík)
Hamida Kristoffersen / First wood nymph (První žínka)
Marcela Randem / Second wood nymph (Druhá žínka)
Monika Jägerová / Third wood nymph (Třetí žínka)
Ian Marcus Bjørsvik / A hunter (Lovec)

Teatertigrene / Extras

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor
Lady chorus from Bergen Philharmonic Chorus

Sung in Czech, surtitles in Norwegian  

Duration 3  hours  and 30 minutes, with 30 minutes intermission included   

Premiere Saturday 23th of October 2021 1800/6 PM CET
Further performances 25th,  27th and 29th of October 1900/7 PM CET

Grieghallen in Bergen , Norway

Introductions by Nicolai Riise
one hour before each performance in the foyer in Grieghallen

A new production by Bergen National Opera

Presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration
with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edvard Grieg Kor


ALEX OLLE nett firkant

Àlex Ollé

Stage Director

Alfons Flores nett firkant

Alfons Flores

Set Designer

Lluc Castells nett firkant

Lluc Castells

Costume Designer

Urs Schonebaum nett firkant

Urs Schönebaum

Lighting Designer

Håkon Matti Skrede

Håkon Matti Skrede

Chorus Master

Brenden Gunnell bw square web

Brenden Gunnell

The prince (Princ)

Allison Cook nett firkant

Allison Cook

The foreign princess (Cizí kněžna)

Igor Gnidii

Igor Gnidii

Gamekeeper (Hajný)

Siv Hagerupsen nett

Siv Oda Hagerupsen

Kitchen boy (Kuchtík)

Hamida Kristoffersen Bw Firkant Nett

Hamida Kristoffersen

First wood nymph (První žínka)

Marcela Randem nett firkant

Marcela Randem

Second wood nymph (Druhá žínka)

Monika jagerova nett firkant

Monika Jägerová

Third wood nymph (Třetí žínka)

Ian Marcus Bjørsvik nett firkant

Ian Marcus Bjørsvik

Hunter (Lovec)

Teatertigrene bw web



Bergen Filharmoniske Kor Sq

Bergen Filharmoniske Kor

Lady chorus from Bergen Phil. Chorus

Selected dates

23/10 Saturday 18.00
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25/10 Monday 19.00
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27/10 Wednesday 19.00
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29/10 Friday 19.00
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