A mermaid's journey for human love.

The sea-princess Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a sea witch. In Dvořák’s hands, the timeless fairy tale of a mermaid, 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 underwater world full or immortal spirits, dark magic and haunting melodies.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

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Music by Antonín Dvořák | 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 * Buy Tickets
Wednesday 06/19/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Saturday 06/22/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Tuesday 06/25/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Friday 06/28/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets


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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

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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
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

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