EIF: Rusalka

Evenings 7.15pm

Running time (approx.): 3 hours 30 minutes

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Edinburgh International Festival


A new production of Dvořák's opera featuring Natalya Romaniw comes to the International Festival, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Douglas Boyd and Garsington Opera.

A new production of Dvořák’s best-loved opera, the dark fairy tale Rusalka, features Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the title role. One of the 2022 International Festival’s orchestras in residence, the Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Garsington Opera.

Rusalka is the haunting fable of a water sprite who sacrifices everything when she falls in love with a human prince.

She enlists the help of a witch, entering the mortal world and giving up her voice to be with him – only to discover the true cost of love is greater still. Inspired by sources including Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Dvořák’s sensual opera shimmers with glinting orchestral colours. Sound and silence reverberate against each other as soaring romantic melodies sweep through the eerie quiet. Reality and the supernatural collide in luscious evocations of the natural world.

Natalya Romaniw is a sensational talent, awarded both Young Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020 and Singer of the Year at the Royal Philharmonic Society 2020 Awards. Glasgow-born conductor and former oboe virtuoso Douglas Boyd collaborates with director Jack Furness, Artistic Director of Shadwell Opera, who brings a rich theatrical flair to the narrative. Designer Tom Piper is most famous for his Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation of poppies at the Tower of London. Together, they craft a transporting fantasy with grave human intensity at its core.

Performed in Czech with English supertitles

★ ★ ★ ★

Natalya Romaniw soars ever closer to superstardom

Alexandra Coghlan, The Telegraph




Philharmonia Orchestra

Douglas Boyd Conductor

Jack Furness Director
Tom Piper Designer
Malcolm Rippeth Lighting Designer
Fleur Darkin Choreographer / Movement Director
Lina Johansson Circus Choreographer

Natalya Romaniw Rusalka
Gerard Schneider Prince
Musa Ngqungwana Vodník
Sky Ingram Foreign Princess
Christine Rice Ježibaba
John Findon Gamekeeper
Grace Durham Kitchen Boy
Marlena Devoe First Nymph
Heather Lowe Second Nymph
Stephanie Wake-Edwards Third Nymph

Antonín Dvořák Rusalka


From priority booking, under-18s are entitled to a 50% discount and disabled people are entitled to a 30% concession discount.

From 8 April 2022, there is a 30% discount for recipients of pension credit, universal credit, employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance, art workers, full-time students and 18-25 year-olds . Subject to availability and may exclude top-price tickets. Proof of eligibility may be requested at venues.

Ticket prices may vary from previously published prices.


All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 


Audio Description

Tue 09 August 7.15PM

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