Fernie Friends of Opera: Rusalka by Dvorak
Rusalka Antonin Dvorak
Renee Fleming, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala, John Relyea
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, directed by Otto Schenk
Czech with English subtitles, 2014, 2:54
Otto Schenk’s storybook production perfectly captures the fairy-tale world of Dvorák’s supremely romantic opera. Soprano Renée Fleming, in one of her most acclaimed portrayals, takes on the title role of the water nymph who longs to be human, opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. The expressive and inspired artistry of the Met Opera orchestra brilliantly led by Nezet-Seguin closely follows the heartbreaking story in this magical opera.