Podcast: Opera Abbreviated – Rusalka

Listen to the Story

Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's "Rusalka."(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's "Rusalka."(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The next opera to be shown live, worldwide in movie theaters by the Metropolitan Opera’s The MET in HD series is Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, on February 8 at 1 pm.

Dvorak called this a fairy tale with music. The opera was premiered in Prague in 1901, and didn’t come to the Met until 1993.

In recent years the title role has belonged to American soprano Renee Fleming. She will come to the February 8 performance fresh from singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

The plot is straightforward if you don’t mind witches, witless princes, a shrewish foreign princess and a heroine who is partly water. Never mind her father, the Water Goblin and her girlfriends, the willis. Hans Christian Anderson told this story in The Little Mermaid.

Get ready for the gorgeous music of Rusalka, it really is magnificent, live from The Met on Saturday, February 8. If you’d rather cuddle up at home, you can hear this performance on Classical 101.

Listen to the Opera Abbreviated podcast preview of this beautiful and mysterious opera, sung in Czech,with Renee Fleming and Dolora Zajick.

Subscribe to Classical 101 podcasts on iTunes or listen through the WOSU Public Media mobile app.

Comments