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Opera Talk with Dick Hutman: Dvorak’s Rusalka (more…)

February 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

In the late 19th century, opera expanded into countries seeking to express their stories, cultures and musical heritage in their own voice and language. Their stories were often regional variations of a shared theme – such as women in water. Think of mermaids or sirens. The Slavic version was a rusalka, a fish-woman – like a Siren in Homer’s Odyssey, who would lure unwary males to their doom. Dvorak’s heroine, Rusalka, longs to have a soul and experience love like a human. Come hear her story and experience her haunting soprano aria, Song to the Moon.

Next class:  Verdi’s LaTraviata on March 1