MET Opera: Rusalka

GENRE: Opera
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2017
STARRING: Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Brandon Jovanovich
DIRECTOR: Mark Elder
PRODUCER(S): Mary Zimmerman
WRITER(S): Antonín Dvořák
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 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 flavor 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.