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Bergen National Opera Cancels Performances of RUSALKA Due to Ongoing Strike

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If the strike is called off in the coming days, the run will still continue until Oct. 29. 

Bergen National Opera Cancels Performances of RUSALKA Due to Ongoing Strike

The Bergen National Opera has announced the cancelation of performances of its upcoming run of Rusalka, due to the ongoing strike in Norway, OperaWire reports. Performances on Oct. 23, 25, and 27 will not proceed as planned.

Those who had tickets to the affect performances will be automatically refunded. If the strike is called off in the coming days, the run will still continue until Oct. 29.

Read the original story on OperaWire.

Star soprano Malin Byström, whose strong title roles include Salome, Jenůfa and Tosca, debuts in the role as Rusalka, the water nymph who longs to be human. Her fatal love, the Prince, is performed by the American tenor Brenden Gunnell. Hege Høisæter sings the witch Ježibaba, Jongmin Park is Vodník and Allison Cook is the foreign Princess. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Bergen Philharmonic.

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

Whilst the music is classic, and the world it inhabits unique, director Àlex Ollé plans to go deeper than just conveying a fairy tale: for 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.

Learn more at https://www.bno.no/eng/performances/2021/rusalka.


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