“A fairy tale for our gilded era.”
Opera lovers are in for a treat with the Met Opera’s new staging of Dvořák’s Rusalka, a haunting love story inspired in part by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid, ”
There will be limited screenings at Nouveau and selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas from March 25.
Kristine Opolais stars as the mythical Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, Jamie Barton as the witch Jezibaba, Katarina Dalayman as the Foreign Princess, and Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite
The opera’s world premiere was staged at the National Theatre in Prague in 1901. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death.
The story has a strong national flavour as well as universal appeal, infused by the Romantic supernaturalism of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella Undine (previously set as an opera by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky, and others) and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
Kristine Opolais in the lead “gives a vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (New York Times) in the role that played a significant part in launching her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon”. This production marks Opolais’s first American appearances, following internationally acclaimed performances in Munich in 2010.
Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption, giving the work “an inspired staging” (Huffington Post). Zimmerman embraces Rusalka’s fantastical side, calling it “a wonderful opera for a director because you get to imagine a world that is connected to this world but that has never really been, that’s imaginative”. Sir Mark Elder conducts “a magnificent rendering of the composer’s lush score” (Huffington Post).
Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, Jamie Barton as the witch Jezibaba, Katarina Dalayman as the Foreign Princess, and Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite, complete “a matchless cast” (New York Times).
Screening times for Rusalka at Nouveau (Rosebank Mall, JHB; Brooklyn Mall, PTA; Gateway Commercial, DBN; and V&A Waterfront, CT) and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas are as follows: 25 March at 17:00; 26 March at 14:30; 28 March and 05 April at 11:30; and 04 April at 18:00.
The running time is 3hrs and 40mins, with two intervals.
For booking information on Rusalka, as part of The Met: Live in HD season, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Nouveau. For information, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).
The final four productions in the current season are Verdi’s favourite La Traviata (08 April), Idomeneo by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (24 April), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (20 May), and finally, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (10 June).
Now in its eleventh year, The Met: Live in HD series is screened in cinemas around the world, including exclusive releases at Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas in South Africa. The Met’s new season presents ten opulent, full-length operas including five new productions, three of which are new to the series. The series has become a global phenomenon with more than 19 million tickets sold since its inception ten years ago.
These grand operas, filmed at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House, feature some of the world’s most talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers.
With these exclusive productions, Nouveau continues to give local audiences the opportunity to witness these spectacular ‘live’ opera productions broadcast on the big screen, in full digital projection, at various sites across South Africa.