Rusalka, a young water nymph, falls in love with a human prince. The witch gives her a potion that will render her human but take away her voice. Rusalka risks everything for love and ends up paying dearly.
Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová
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The title character’s well-known “Song to the Moon” provides a mere taste of Rusalka’s vast musical riches. Listen 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.
Dramaturg Cori Ellison
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