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Jan. 15 2017

02/25/17 – Rusalka – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera

Rusalka
Composed by Antonín Dvořák
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

  • sung in Czech
  • ESTIMATED RUN TIME 3 HRS 40 MINS
  • front page photo credit: Ken Howard/ Met Opera

Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

World premiere: National Theater, Prague, 1901. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by the Romantic supernaturalism of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella Undine (previously set as an opera by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky, and others) and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Mark Elder

CONDUCTOR  Mark Elder

Kristine Opolais

RUSALKA  Kristine Opolais

Katarina Dalayman

FOREIGN PRINCESS  Katarina Dalayman

JEŽIBABA  Jamie Barton

Brandon Jovanovich

PRINCE  Brandon Jovanovich

Eric Ownes

WATER SPRITE  Eric Owens

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