Director Richard Jones' reading of Dvo?ak's best-known opera is rugged and human: the water-nymph Rusalka who aspires to become human learns about the dark side of humanity too. Rusalka eventually gains human form, but happiness only lasts for a moment.
Rusalka is Dvorak's most popular opera thanks to its magical atmosphere and the silvery song of the water sprite.
News About Rusalka at Four Seasons Centre
COC Marks Mainstage Success, Community Building, and Digital Expansion in 2019/2020 Season
October 28, 2020
The Canadian Opera Company’s 2019/2020 season marked a year of inspired mainstage programming, increased community engagement, and new digital initiatives, as reported today at the COC’s Annual General Meeting by COC Board Chair Jonathan Morgan and COC General Director Alexander Neef.
BWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done Right
October 16, 2019
The Canadian Opera Company's RUSALKA utilizes Lyric Opera's 2014 production under the direction of Sir David McVicar, making his COC debut. This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid' draws on a more sinister angle of the folk tale than what most people might know, utilizing composer Antonín Dvořák's multi-faceted score to convey emotion and fantasy at the leadership of conductor Johannes Debus.
Dive Into Fantasy With COC's 2019 Centre Stage Gala: SUBAQUEOUS
October 01, 2019
The Canadian Opera Company invites guests to journey from land to sea, plunging beyond the surface of all things ordinary and submerging themselves in the 2019 Centre Stage Gala: Subaqueous. This year's gala fundraiser is inspired by the fantasy and fairytales found in the COC's 2019/2020 season, drawing particular inspiration from the watery realm of Antonin Dvořák's Rusalka. COC's largest annual fundraiser in support of the COC Ensemble Studio takes place on October 30, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Sondra Radvanovsky Returns For A Dreamy New RUSALKA At The Canadian Opera Company
August 26, 2019
A classic mermaid myth dives to new depths when soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the title role in a spellbinding new production of Dvořák's Rusalka at the Canadian Opera Company. Water nymph Rusalka lives an idyllic, immortal life until a charming, earth-bound prince changes everything. Desperate to join him on land, she enlists the dark magic of a witch, sacrificing her shimmering voice for a chance at love. But Rusalka soon discovers this prince has a fickle heart a?" and there's only one terrible solution to reversing her fate. Rusalka runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on October 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 2019.
COC Explores Myths And Lore In 2019/2020 Season With International Opera Legends
February 05, 2019
The Canadian Opera Company offers three bold new productions in 2019/2020 that hone in on the stories and myths that shape our perceptions and the ones that offer escape from all things ordinary. This 69th season features new productions of Puccini's Turandot, Dvo k's Rusalka, and Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel, as well as COC revivals of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Verdi's Aida, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.