Dvorak's Rusalka from Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dvorak's 'Rusalka' Dvorak's 'Rusalka' (Lyric Opera of Chicago/Todd Rosenberg)

Rusalka, Dvorak's neglected masterpiece, had its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut this past February in a production by David McVicar. Join us for a broadcast of that performance, with soprano Ana Maria Martinez in the title role.

Martinez plays the water nymph whose desire to be human and whose intense love for a fickle prince (American tenor Brandon Jovanovich) spell tragedy for both. Mezzo-soprano Jill Grove is the comically sinister witch Jezibaba and Eric Owens is Rusalka’s father Vodnik (the latest watery goblin character for Owens). Many listeners will recognize the opera's so-called “greatest hit,” the "Song to the Moon."

Rusalka:  Ana María Martínez
Prince:  Brandon Jovanovich
Jezibaba:  Jill Grove
Vodnik:  Eric Owens
Foreign Princess:  Ekaterina Gubanova

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
DIRECTOR:   Sir David McVicar
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Comments [6]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

ANA MARIA MARTINEZ as Rusalka and ERIK OWENS as Vodnik are eminently suited to world class status as singers.

They should have long careers.

Jun. 28 2014 03:49 PM
Suzanne from New York

Am so enjoying this performance today. Ms. Martinez has a beautiful voice, and it sounds excellently suited to this role. All of the other singers are wonderful also.
"Rusalka" may be an imperfect work and may never match the popularity of the best of Verdi or Puccini, but the music is so gorgeous, and I find the ending heartbreaking. Thank you for today's broadcast!

Jun. 28 2014 03:21 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

DVORAK's music is so singable and melodic that it is a cinch that his SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME should entice listeners to seek out his other compositions. His NEW WORLD SYMPHONY from its first airing has become a staple on many symphony programs here and abroad. While I am happy to hear the opera from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, I am unimpressed with the general state of all things classical in this country and wonder how many more years we will be privileged to hear live opera even in recorded post performance broadcasts.

Jun. 28 2014 02:14 PM
beachsiggy from NYC

It might be a nice touch to put the time of the broadcast in the article, so one might not need to search the whole website to find out it begins at 1.00. We don't all KNOW this, as different operas tend to begin at different times.

Jun. 28 2014 12:14 PM
Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

Who writes this stuff? The 'Song to the Moon" a "so-called" greatest hit? Does this writer even knows how it goes? Please, WQXR, don't trade in snark the way so many of your commentators do.

Jun. 28 2014 11:56 AM
mpa from ny

"Rusalka" neglected? Maybe in Chicago...

Jun. 28 2014 03:27 AM

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