Music by Antonín Dvořák | Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil

Recorded by Iowa PBS on July 3, 2018

Premiering on YouTube, Facebook, and on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00pm

Available on-demand through August 19

Based on a familiar fairy tale, Rusalka features a beautiful water nymph who falls in love with a human prince and will do anything to escape her enchanted moonlit world to become human. She sacrifices everything to be a part of his life, but her wish comes at a very high price.

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s deep Iowa connections are well-known following his summer sojourn in the state in 1893. This production marked the Iowa premiere of Dvořák’s most well-known staged work. In this broadcast of our 2018 production, soprano Sara Gartland enchants as Rusalka with tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson, mezzo Jill Grove and soprano Laura Wilde making their DMMO debuts as the Prince, Ježibaba and the Foreign Princess, respectively. Bass Zachary James sings the role of the water goblin, Vodník. Maestro David Neely leads the production with direction by Chas Rader-Shieber. Funding for the broadcast of Rusalka has been provided by Frank R. Brownell III.

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  • Occurred Sunday, July 5th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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