This Saturday at 1 pm, Renee Fleming, just back from her national anthem performance at the 2014 Super Bowl, stars as the lead character in the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Rusalka.
Rusalka is something of a signature role for Fleming. In 1988 she debuted on the Met stage with "Song to the Moon" at the National Council Auditions Winners Concert. In this production Fleming will be accompanied by an earnest Piotr Beczala as the dashing Prince.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, taking time off from the Philadelphia Orchestra, promises to bring dynamism to the score. A recent New York Times review said: "Each act had its own arc and mood, yet he located the ominous door-knock rhythm from the introduction constantly, even in the most seemingly lyrical passages."
Other cast members include Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess; Dolora Zajick as Ježibaba; and John Relyea as the Water Sprite.
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Rusalka: Renée Fleming
Foreign Princess: Emily Magee
Ježibaba: Dolora Zajick
Prince: Piotr Beczala
Water Sprite: John Relyea