Rusalka, by Antonín Dvořák
'The Water Nymph and the Prince'
The water nymph Rusalka desperately wants to become human so she can embrace the prince who hunts around the lake. Rusalka’s father, the Water-Goblin, thinks this is a bad idea. Reluctantly, he steers her to a witch who can grant Rusalka mortality. Sadly, she will lose her ability to speak. And even worse – if her prince betrays her, they are both eternally damned. Will Rusalka throw caution to the winds and take the plunge? Come to the lecture to find out. And let Dvořák’s enchanting music transport you to a picturesque lake in an idyllic forest. The MET Live HD performances of Rusalka can be seen in selected theaters on Feb 8 and Feb 12. (Be sure to check the dates with your local theatre, as they might vary from the dates given here.) Watch the opera, and come to the lecture to learn some more and share your experience.
Larry Oppenheim is president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay), where he is co-principal oboe, and also writes the program notes. Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to everyone – including those who may have never gone to an opera.