I have previously written about one of my favourite songs: Rusalka’s “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem,” (Song to the Moon) from the Opera by Antonín Dvořák showing images of the stage sets and Renee Fleming’s beautiful version. The song is sung by a plaintive girl longing for love calling on the moon to tell her Prince of her love.
Pascal Barnier sent me a lovely image below and I decided to do a little bit more research into the folklore behind the character.
In the opera Rusalka’s father is a water goblin called Vodnik and there is a witch called Jezibaba who transforms Rusalka into a human at the cost of her voice. Rusalka’s lover the Prince, betrays her, dooming them both. I’d love to see an Opera about the younger Rusalka before she fell for the Prince with the last Act a contracted version of the original opera to show just…
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