Opera in three acts (1901)
New Production! Dvorák’s supremely romantic opera – about a water sprite who longs to find love – is fertile ground for Emma Dante, who returns to La Scala with this magical, achingly beautiful new staging.
When Rusalka (Ukrainian soprano Olga Bezsmertna) meets a prince (tenor Dmitry Korchak), she risks her voice and her immortality by asking a witch (mezzo-soprano Okka von der Damerau) to transform her into a human, only to find out the hard way that true love can come at a terrible price...
On the podium in his La Scala debut is Tomáš Hanus, the director of the Welsh National Opera, a specialist in this repertoire who brings out all the drama and lyrical richness of the sophisticated score.