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Bergen Nasjonale Opera: Rusalka by Dvořák

  • Edvard Griegs plass 1, Bergen
  • +47 55216150
  • October 23, 2021 - October 29, 2021
  • (4 Upcoming Dates)

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 2021.

Star soprano Malin Byström, whose strong title roles include Salome, Jenufa and Tosca, debuts in the role as Rusalka, the water nymph who longs to be human. Her prince is the Czech tenor Ladislav Elgr. Hege Høisæter sings the witch Ježibaba, Jongmin Park is Vodník and Allison Cook is the Foreign Princess. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

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


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

Ladislav Elgr / The prince

Allison Cook / The foreign princess

Jongmin Park / Vodník

Hege Høisæter / Ježibaba

Igor Gnidii / The gamekeeper

Siv Oda Hagerupsen / The kitchen boy

Hamida Kristoffersen / First wood nymph

Marcela Randem / Second wood nymph

Monika Jägerová / Third wood nymph

Ian Marcus Bjørsvik / A hunter

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 18:00

Further performances 25th,  27th and 29th of October 19:00

Grieghallen in Bergen , Norway

A new production by Bergen National Opera

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

  • Last Updated: 09/01/2021
  • Source: Visit Bergen

Sat, October 23, 2021 6:00 PM 9:30 PM

Mon, October 25, 2021 7:00 PM 10:30 PM

Wed, October 27, 2021 7:00 PM 10:30 PM

Fri, October 29, 2021 7:00 PM 10:30 PM

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