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."

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

Comments [12]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Does anyone know if Kenneth Bennett Lane really exists or is someone pulling our leg?

Jul. 10 2016 02:16 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

WQXR's program Saturday at the Opera is always live opera not recordings. Through the fall and spring it's the Metropolitan Opera; then it's Chicago's Lyric, Los Angeles , Houston, San Franciso, followed by some European performances until it's time again for the next Metropolitan Opera season.

Jul. 09 2016 11:34 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

It would also be a great thing if younger audiences heard the great ones of the past.
I remember my son remarking when he heard Bjoerling for the first time remark: Mom, who the hell is that?

Jul. 09 2016 05:16 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@CastaDiva: I was just wondering why the re-broadcast. I am not living in the past nor making unfair comparisons. But it would be nice if an occasional great recorded opera were played. Sure I love live performances but we must not forget the great singers of the past.
Beautiful opera and I did love the HIT SINGLE.

Jul. 09 2016 05:08 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

An “imperfect opera”? How? Why even compare this opera to those of Italian composers? Dvorak was Czech, and his music sounds quintessentially Czech. I find this opera entrancing, as I do all of Dvorak’s music.

And I’m tired of some people on this forum who must bring up former singers and hold them up as unsurpassable models; we might as well all simply listen to recordings of those singers and not have live opera anymore. I think the cast in this broadcast is superb, and I’m glad some of them, the tenor and the basso, will reprise their roles at the Met in the new season, a performance which I intend to attend.

Jul. 09 2016 03:04 PM
concetta Nardone from Nassau

Why this re-broadcast? There are other fine recordings of operas that could be transmitted. How about recordings of operas with Jussi Bjoerling, Zinka Milanov, DelosAngeles, Callas?
I am waiting for the hit single.

Jul. 09 2016 12:21 PM
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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