Music by Antonín Dvořák


A fairytale journey for human love.

The water nymph Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a witch. In Dvořák’s hands, the timeless fairy tale of a woman who trades her voice for love is rendered in a powerful, otherworldly fable—a drama of shadowy depths, fervent love songs and endings that may not be what they seem. Enter an enchanting world full of immortal spirits, dark magic and haunting melodies.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

Sung in Czech with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours 25 minutes including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Fans of The Shape of Water, The Little Mermaid, Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Ondine, fantasy and the ballet Giselle.

Found in series

Full Series: A, G, J, M, R*
Half Series: B, H, K, N, RBW*, S*
Out of Town Series: OT6, OT7, OT8
*Best Value Series

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Sunday 06/16/19 2:00PM *
Wednesday 06/19/19 7:30PM *
Saturday 06/22/19 7:30PM *
Tuesday 06/25/19 7:30PM
Friday 06/28/19 7:30PM

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The Buzz


“A powerful new production that is as thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly executed as one could wish.”
Chicago Tribune

“Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen was radiant in her Company debut as Eva."
San Francisco Examiner

“Tenor Brandon Jovanovich sang with ardor, tonal beauty and obvious fearlessness in the face of the role’s high-lying athleticism.”
San Francisco Gate


A water nymph's wish to be human carries a high price for her and the prince she loves.


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Cast and Creative

Rusalka Rachel Willis‐Sørensen
The Prince Brandon Jovanovich
Vodník (Water Gnome) Ferruccio Furlanetto
Ježibaba Jamie Barton
The Foreign Princess Sarah Cambidge
The Kitchen Boy Laura Krumm


June 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 2019

Conductor Eun Sun Kim *
Production David McVicar
Set Designer John Macfarlane
Costume Designer Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer David Finn
Choreographer Andrew George
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A production of Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Previous performance of Rusalka can be found in our Archive


The Carol Buck Foundation; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; and Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and Chevron.


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Photo (top): Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Rusalka/Todd Rosenberg.