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“Rusalka” Makes Stars (The New Yorker feature)

January 27, 2017

Dvořák’s 1901 opera, “Rusalka,” didn’t arrive at the Met until 1993, but it soon became a major vehicle for the burgeoning career of the soprano Renée Fleming. Now this tender piece (beloved for its aria “Song to the Moon”) features another star in the making, Kristine Opolais, who has long made the title role part of her repertory. The new production is by Mary Zimmerman, whose radical interpretations of such comfy classics as “La Sonnambula” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” caused much controversy in the early Peter Gelb era.

The New Yorker

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