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  Rusalka at Lyric Opera


Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

Rusalka, a water sprite, falls in love with a human prince and strikes an impossible bargain to enter his world. But this is no Disney mermaid. Dark consequences flood Dvorak's moonlit fairy tale, along with music of acute longing, hope and disillusionment. Rusalka's "Song to the Moon" might just break your heart. With memorable Lyric productions such as Elektra, Manon, Julius Caesar and Billy Budd under his belt, you can expect another winner from director Sir David McVicar. Sung in Czech with projected English texts.

Thru - Mar 16, 2014

Price: $69-$299

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

Running Time: 3hrs, 30mins; teo intermission

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Lyric's "Rusalka" is what opera at the highest level is all about. If the company had a stray million dollars kicking around, it could record its "Rusalka" for commercial purposes, and opera lovers worldwide would be greatly in its debt. As it is, there are only six performances, and no other company has bought it into the production so far. Five of those performances remain."
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John von Rhein

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Antonin Dvorak’s dark 1901 fairy tale “Rusalka” entered Lyric Opera of Chicago’s repertoire Saturday night in one of the most powerful and involving productions of recent years with singers, conducting and orchestra as good as they get in this mournful Czech masterwork."
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Andrew Patner

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Framing it all is Antonín Dvořák’s beautiful music, magnificently and powerfully delivered by the Lyric Opera Orchestra, with music director Sir Andrew Davis at the helm. Rarely will you hear an opera in which the orchestra is treated to so many stunning star turns, and as always the musicians of Lyric more than meet our highest expectations. Rusalka may be the least known of Lyric Opera’s offerings this season, but it may well be its crowning creative achievement. In the past, opportunities to experience this jewel of the Slavic repertoire have been few and far between. This Rusalka could very well change that for good."
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Lori Dana

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...Imagine the finest qualities and most inventive features of Dvořák’s consensus masterpieces – works like the Eighth Symphony, the Cello Concerto and the “Dumky” Piano Trio – distilled into a theater piece buoyed by exquisite writing for the voice, and you have the essence and the allure of “Rusalka.” Put all these attractions on exemplary display and you have the Lyric’s magnificent new production directed by David McVicar and conducted by Andrew Davis, with a stellar cast led by soprano Ana María Martínez’s many-splendored performance in the title role."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Lyric's production provided everything one wants for a potentially uneven work. The cast was uniformly strong, headed by soprano Ana María Martínez, whose voice is happily becoming a familiar one at Lyric, as Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich making a stellar Prince and Eric Owens a beautiful yet imposing Vodník."
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Samuel Wigutow

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...RUSALKA is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.  As the Lyric Music Director, Davis owns the orchestra pit.  His sprightly presence always brings an extra level of energy to an opera.  In RUSALKA, he fully commits us to a wondrous land of magical happenings. "

Katy Walsh

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