Dvorak's 'Rusalka' from Lyric Opera of Chicago
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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."
Tune in at 1 pm Saturday to hear Dvorak's operatic masterpiece with soprano Ana Maria Martinez in the title role of the water sprite who falls in love with a prince (sung here by Brandon Jovanovich). Eric Owens portrays Rusalka's father, the water goblin Vodnik, and Jill Grove sings the role of Jezibaba, a witch who helps Rusalka become human, but takes away her ability to speak in the process.
Sir David McVicar directs this production, which is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
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