Ailyn Pérez makes her highly anticipated role debut as the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka at Santa Fe Opera on July 22, 26, August 4, 8, 17, 22. Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera Rusalka is the classic tale of a young water nymph who longs to be human and falls in love with a prince. The witch gives her a potion that will render her human but take away her voice. Rusalka risks everything for love and ends up paying dearly.

Sir David Pountney’s production is a Freudian fairy tale set in a psychiatric hospital in Vienna. Ms. Pérez will share the stage with a top notch cast of singers including Robert Watson as the Prince, James Creswell as Vodník, Raehann Bryce-Davis as Ježibaba, Mary Elizabeth Williams as the Foreign Princess, among others. Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts.

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