Dvorak’s Most Lyrical Music


“[Kelly’s] silvery tone on opening night was pure, supple and focused, full of melancholy and dynamic poise. She sang her famous ‘Song To the Moon’ with luminous phrasing, moving from tender plea to fierce desperation.”

– Michael Anthony, Star Tribune

“[Kaduce] is a dreadlocked Rusalka with a sweet, soaring voice and expressive physicality, one who makes every aria absorbing.”

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press 

Rusalka, a beautiful water nymph, falls in love with a prince, sacrificing her voice in return for entry into his human world. But betrayal condemns her to eternal solitude. Dvorak juxtaposes the mortal and the mythical with beautiful folk melodies and luminous arias, including Rusalka’s heartbreaking “Song to the Moon.” Kelly Kaduce returns to the stage in a reprisal of Minnesota Opera’s critically acclaimed production.

Preliminary run time of 3 hours and 1 minute, including two intermissions.

Individual show tickets are available now!

Sung in Czech with English translations projected above the stage.


  • Digital Program

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • Videos


  • Listen

    Listen to Artistic Director Dale Johnson’s recommended recording of Rusalka on Spotify.


  • Behind the Scenes

    Get an exclusive look at the creation of our production of Rusalka.

  • Synopsis

    Deep within the forest, three nymphs playfully tease Vodnik as he tries to catch one of them. His daughter Rusalka tells of her sadness – she wishes to be mortal in order to pursue her love for a princely young man who swims in the lake. Vodnik tries to dissuade her, for he only sees doom in the world of humans, but she will not be deterred. She prays to the moon, hoping the Prince may return her affection.

  • Composer Biography

    Mostly known for his symphonies, concerti and chamber works, Antonín Dvořák composed 10 operas, an art form he once declared to be his preferred genre. Born to humble peasant stock, Dvořák barely escaped oblivion when he was sent to live with his aunt and uncle at the age of 12. There he fostered an interest in music, becoming adept on a number of instruments and graduating from Prague’s School of Organ in 1859. 

  • Taste of Opera

    Rusalka on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5pm – SOLD OUT

    Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show dinner and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at each production with special guests from Minnesota Opera. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out!

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  • Opera Insights

    Get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and hear performances by Minnesota Opera Resident Artists. Enjoy this free, fun and informative half-hour session one hour before your performance.

  • Behind the Curtain

    Rusalka on January 13, 2016 at 7pm

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event will feature talks led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.



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