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Rusalka / Song to the Moon

Rusalka's song to the moon is one of the highlights in Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera. Star soprano Malin Byström, whose strong title roles include Salome, Jenůfa and Tosca, had her debut in the role as Rusalka at Bergen National Opera in 2023, as the water nymph who longs to be human.

Whilst the music is classic, and the world it inhabits unique, director Àlex Ollé delved deeper into what is often perceived as a traditional fairy tale in this new production: to 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.

Dvořák’s Rusalka is regarded as a national treasure in the Czech Republic, however in Norway this romantic and melodic gem is rarely performed. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducted Rusalka for the first time in Norway in Oslo in 2009 at the official opening of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

18, 20, 22 AND 24 MARCH 2023

Antonín Dvořák / Music
Jaroslav Kvapil / Libretto
Eivind Gullberg Jensen / Conductor
Àlex Ollé / Director
Alfons Flores / Set design
Lluc Castells / Costume design
Urs Schönebaum / Lighting design
Håkon Matti Skrede / Chorus master

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Choir
Bergen Philharmonic Choir

Recorded 13th March 2023 in Grieghallen, Bergen

Copyright: Bergen Nasjonale Opera

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A new production by Bergen National Opera (Bergen, Norway)

Presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Rusalka / Dvořák

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Beate Mordal sings the role of Servilia in Bergen National Opera's new production of La clemenza di Tito sprimg 2020. (Update: This production was due to the Covid 19-situation postponed to spring 2021, where Mordal sung the role as Vitellia.)

Recorded in Østre Aker Church (2019).
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"Pure pleasure" - Klassisk Musikk
"Warmly recommended" - Bergensavisen
"An elegant and floating production" - Bergens Tidende