Matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 8th, with a performance of Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. The performance will run approximately four hours.
The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorak's soulful fairy-tale opera. A Rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river. Rusalka the opera is a fairy tale, but, to be sure, it's a tragic story of love and death. Don't hold your breath for a happy ending. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.