La Scala


In Cinemas 18, 19 & 22 Nov 2023
Tomáš Hanus
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Olga Bezsmertna (Rusalka), Dmitry Korchak (The prince), Elena Guseva (The foreign princess), Jongmin Park (Vodnik), Okka von der Damerau (Jezibaba), Jiří Rajniš (The game ward)
Antonín Dvorák
Emma Dante
Set Design
Carmine Maringola
2h55, including an interval
Sung in Czech, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan 6 Jun 2023
Official Event Listing
  • Eerie and magical. An enchanting, moving telling of the story, framed by stunning images and Vanessa Sannino's extravagant costumes. Tomáš Hanus clearly knows this score inside out, doing justice to Dvorák's sophisticated orchestration
    Laura Servidei, BACHTRACK
    Dreamlike. Beautiful and refined. The cast is top notch, and Hanus' reading is flawless, A jubilant and well-deserved success for all the artists.
    Stefano Balbiani, CONNESSI ALL'OPERA

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.

La Scala

Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Apart from its sheer beauty and size, La Scala's acoustics are said to be perfect. One of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the venue is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra, as well as the La Scala Theatre Academy.

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