Renée Fleming, one of the greatest singers on the opera stage, returns to Dvorák’s bewitching and disturbing fairy tale. The title character’s show-stopping Act One aria, “Song to the Moon” is one of Fleming’s signature pieces. Piotr Beczala is the Prince, Dolora Zajick plays the witch Ježibaba, and maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is at the podium.
Sharing many elements with The Little Mermaid, the story centers on Rusalka, the daughter of the Water-Goblin, who falls in love with a prince. After drinking a magic potion provided by the witch Ježibaba, she becomes mortal but has lost the power of speech. The witch has foretold that the prince must not betray Rusalka or they will both be damned. On a hunting expedition, the prince finds the now mute Rusalka and carries her away to his castle. Just as they are about to be married, the prince grows bored with his mysterious fiancée and falls for a foreign princess. Rusalka returns to her watery home, this time as a spirit of death, luring the prince into her forbidding embrace.
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Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Czech with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish
Two hours and 35 minutes (two intermissions)
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Did you know?
“Song to the Moon” was one of two arias Renée Fleming sang at the Met’s National Council Auditions, which she won in 1988. Rusalka is among her favorite roles.
One of the most successful Czech operas, Rusalka was first performed in Prague in 1901.
Fans of Fleming will want to see her in one of her favorite roles. The beautiful sets and costumes as well as the magnificent singing make for an enchanting evening.
Good for kids?
The fairy-tale elements might make this opera palatable for some kids, but they should be very mature to appreciate it.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66 Street/Lincoln Center