Opera in the Park! – Rusalka Screening

September 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Railyard Park
740 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505

The Santa Fe Opera is pleased to announce the return of Opera in the Park. A free and public screening of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka will take place at the Santa Fe Railyard Park on Sunday, September 10 at 4:30 pm. This event is part of the opera’s 66th Festival Season celebrations and ongoing commitment to bringing the joy of opera to the communities of New Mexico.

Do I need a ticket?
No registration or ticket is required! The Opera in the Park event is free to everyone. We encourage anyone who is feeling unwell not to attend the event.


This production contains depictions of violence.


Are the screenings suitable for children?
The opera is suitable for families; however, we urge caution in bringing young children. For more information or to discuss the suitability of these productions for members of your family, please contact Anna Garcia at [email protected].


How early can I arrive?
Seating opens on the lawn at 4 PM and is first-come, first-served.


Opera in the Park will proceed rain or shine. However, under adverse weather conditions such as (but not limited to): lightning, high wind, or torrential rain or hail, we may cancel the event, if necessary. Check the Santa Fe Opera’s social media channels for updates.


Facilities are available on-site.


Sight & Sound
Two LED walls (17′ x 10′ 3.9mm resolution video trailer system) will provide attendees with a state-of-the-art viewing experience, while sound will be broadcast via outdoor speakers.


English and Spanish subtitle translations will be provided.


FREE parking is available on-site.


The Railyard Park Santa Fe is located at 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, on the corner of Cerrillos Road and Paseo de Peralta.


What Should I Bring?
Guests are encouraged to bring their own portable seats, blankets and lawn chairs.


Food & Beverage
We encourage guests to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you plan to bring your own picnic, please plan accordingly:

• Bring water for yourself and your pet
• Bring a blanket or cloth camping chair
• No glass containers of any kind
• No alcohol is permitted at the event
• Plastic utensils only – metal forks and knives are not allowed on site
• Coolers are permitted
• No large umbrellas; small folding umbrellas only
• No tables or tents
• No open flames

Pets are allowed but must be on a leash and under control at all times.

Contact Information
For questions about the venue or event, please contact Anna Garcia at [email protected].


About Rusalka
David Pountney’s electrifying new production of Rusalka meets Dvořák’s turn-of-the-century masterpiece at the potent intersection of timeless fairy tale and timely psychological drama. Scenic Designer Leslie Travers and Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth return to Santa Fe while Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca makes her company debut alongside Costume Realizer Zeb Lalljee. 


Dvořák began writing Rusalka late in his career when he had turned his attention almost exclusively to mythical themes. With echoes of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, the opera weaves the tale of a water nymph who pays the ultimate price for the chance to love a human being. Responding with sharply contrasting vocal styles and sound worlds for the opera’s mortal and supernatural characters, Dvořák vividly portrays the impossibility of merging the two worlds and the despair of the individual caught between them.


The title character’s well-known “Song to the Moon” provides a mere taste of Rusalka’s vast musical riches. This opulent score has often been called Dvořák’s most Wagnerian work, not only for its equal treatment of orchestra and voices and for its subtle use of leitmotifs, but also for its shimmering, nearly impressionistic instrumentation, evoking the lapping of waves on water, nocturnal forest sounds and even the reflection of moonlight on the lake.


Led by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya in her company debut, the company welcomes the return of soprano Ailyn Pérez, who makes a notable role debut as Rusalka. Three other cast members make their company debuts: tenor Robert Watson sings the role of the Prince, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis is Ježibaba and soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams is the Foreign Princess. Bass James Creswell sings Vodník, Susanne Sheston is the Chorus Master, and Rick Sordelet, Christian Kelly-Sordelet and Shireen Yehya serve as Fight and Intimacy Directors.