On Saturday, February 25, Brooklyn Academy of Music will debut a live broadcast from The Met of Kristine Opolais starring in an imaginative new production of ‘Rusalka,’ the mythical role that helped launch her international career.
Opolais will sing the haunting “Song to the Moon,” as director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption.
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.
Rusalka has been running at The Met since beginning February 2, and will conclude on March 2. The live broadcast is a new production for BAM. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Sir Mark Elder conducts.
WHAT: The Met: Live in HD: Rusalka
WHEN: Saturday, February 25, at 12:00pm and 1:00pm
WHERE: Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Bklyn
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