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Rusalka at san Carlo Opera House from January 19th until 29th

 

The Czech libretto was written by the poet Kvapil (1868–1950) based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromir Eriben and Bozena Nemcovà. Rusalka is one of the most successful Czech operas, and represents a cornerstone of the repertoire of Czech opera houses. A Rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic Mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river.

Dvořák had played viola for many years in pit orchestras in Prague (Estates Theatre) from 1857-59 while a student, then from 1862-71 at the Provisional Theatre). He thus had direct experience of a wide range of operas by Mozart, wEBER, Rossini, Lortzing, Verdi, Wagner and Smetana. Rusalka was the ninth opera he composed. 

For many years unfamiliarity with Dvořák’s operas outside Czechoslovakia helped reinforce a perception that composition of operas was a marginal activity, and that despite the beauty of its melodies and orchestral timbres Rusalka was not a central part of his output or of international lyric theatre. In recent years it has been performed more regularly by major opera companies. 

The most popular excerpt from Rusalka is the "Song to the Moon" ("Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém") from Act 1 which is often performed in concert and recorded separately. It has also been arranged for violin and used on film sound tracks.

Where : Teatro San Carlo
info:www.teatrosancarlo.it
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