Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, June 28, 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 be sung in Czech and will run approximately three hours and thirty minutes.
A Rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river. Rusalka the opera is a fairy tale, too; a tragic story of love and death. Don't hold your breath for a happy ending. You will be sure to enjoy the signature aria of Dvořák's soulful tale, the enchanting "Song to the Moon." Sir Andrew Davis conducts.