Lotte de Beer

Stage director

Rusalka – 2015

Aalto Musiktheater Essen


Conductor: Tomas Netopil

Stage Director: Lotte de Beer

Set – Costume – and Light design: Clement & Sanôu

Dramaturgy: Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Peter te Nuyl

With: Sandra Janusaite, Ladislav Elgr, Katrin Kapplusch, Almas Svilpa, Lindsey Ammann and many others.


Rusalka was composed in 1900, the same year that Sigmund Freud’s ‘Traumdeutung’ came out. In this version of Rusalka, Dvorak’s fairytale is seen as just that: A dream of a young woman living in a time in which female sexuality was structurally suppressed, analysed on Freud’s sofa.