Rusalka Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 4:30 – 6:00pm
List Hall, Metropolitan Opera House
Curriculum Connections:  Music, Music Theory, Theater, English Literature and Language Arts, Drama, Humanities
Grade Level:  5th grade and up
Workshop is free and open to all teachers.

Join us on Thursday, February 16 for a workshop designed to introduce educators to Dvořák's opera Rusalka. In addition to the opera’s clear basis in fairy tale—it includes such typical components as curses, magical powers, and a strict division between the natural and supernatural—the opera has often been understood as an allegory. Teaching Artist Brandon Anderson will lead an exploration of key aspects of the story and music that contribute to Rusalka’s suitability for allegorical interpretation. This interactive workshop will explore the subtle but significant changes between different fairy-tale versions of the Rusalka story before delving into a study of allegory and its applicability to Dvořák's lyrical fairy tale. The workshop will culminate with the creation of allegorical adaptations of portions of the plot, including group demonstrations and discussions.


Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the workshop and bring students to the March 4 broadcast of Rusalka at our NYC sites. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours.  

After attending the workshop, you will be eligible to purchase discounted tickets ($55) to the Met performance of Massenet's Werther on Monday, February 20 at 7:30pm.

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