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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Rusalka

An intro to Dvořák’s fairy tale opera, this Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.



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Listen to our quick, lighthearted overview of Rusalka, Antonín DvoÅ™ák’s achingly beautiful paean to human love.

In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly, discuss DvoÅ™ák’s 1901 fairy tale drama. The beautiful water nymph Rusalka falls in love with a prince and is prepared to give up her life in order to gain a human soul and feel the emotion of love.

You can listen to the Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast of Rusalka, featuring Houston resident Ana Maria Martinez in the title role, Saturday at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.

[The musical excerpts in this OCS are taken from the London/Decca recording featuring Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & the Kühn Mixed Choir; Rusalka: Renée Fleming; the Prince: Ben Heppner; Vodník, the Water Goblin: Franz Hawlata; the Wood Nymphs: Lívia Ághová, Dana Burešová, Hana Minutillo (Lon/Decca 289 460 568-2)]