In this traditional story, the heroine is a water nymph with a captivating voice who falls for a mortal. The only way that she can join him on land is by giving up her entrancing vocal talent.
Once out of water, her most beguiling attraction is gone, and she looks on helplessly and wordlessly when her prince finds love elsewhere.
Corinne Winters sings the title role in Rusalka. Photo: Faye Fox
Rusalka is famous for its Song to the Moon, often heard outside the opera house.
An exceptional cast for this new production at English National Opera is led by American soprano Corinne Winters in the title role, with the highly acclaimed tenor David Butt Philip as the Prince.
The cast also includes David Soar as the Water Spirit, Claire Rutter as the Foreign Princess who catches the eye of the disappointed Prince, and Nadine Benjamin as the first sprite Idunnu Münch and Katie Stevenson as the Wood Nymphs.
Tenor David Butt Philip sings the Prince, who captures Rusalka's heart
Tatjana Gürbaca directs and Antony Hermus makes his ENO conducting debut in this co-production with Les Théâtres de La Ville de Luxembourg.
Rusalka is sung in English with English surtitles. Performances at 7PM are on 28 March; 1, 3, 6, 8, 11 (6PM start) and 15 April. Under-18s go free on some dates. There is a pre-performance talk on 31 March
|What||Rusalka, English National Opera|
|Where||English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
28 Mar 20 – 15 Apr 20, six performances plus 11 April (6PM start)
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|