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'Rusalka' tomorrow at Carib 5

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Kristine Opolais in the title role of Dvorak's 'Rusalka'.
Eric Owens as the Water Sprite in Dvorak's 'Rusalka'.
Jamie Barton as Jezibaba in Dvorak's 'Rusalka'.
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Tomorrow at 12:55 p.m., the Carib 5 will be among cinemas around the world receiving the live transmission of the matinee performance of Rusalka as part of The Met: Live in HD series.

Mary Zimmerman's staging is conducted by Sir Mark Elder, tells the love story between a water spirit and a human man, derived in large part from Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It will also star Jamie Barton in her debut role as the swamp witch Jezibaba, with Katarina Dalayman in her role debut as the Foreign Princess, Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, and Eric Owens as Rusalka's father, the Water Sprite.

The opera premiered at the National Theatre, Prague, in 1901 and is the only opera by the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak that has so far gained an international following. The opera tells of a water nymph, the title character, who longs to become human so she can win the love of a prince.

The opera was written for the National Theatre in Prague, an institution with a mission to develop Czech consciousness and patriotism during a time when the country was under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The composer's national consciousness, the folkloric ambience of the piece, and the fact that it's written in Czech have all assured the opera's popularity with the Czech public, for whom it is considered a national treasure.

The Met's new production of Rusalka features sets by Daniel Ostling, costumes by Mara Blumenfeld, lighting design by T.J. Gerckens, and choreography by Austin McCormick in his Met debut.

Kristine Opolais has sung the title character in Rusalka to great acclaim at the Bavarian State Opera. In 2013, she made her Met debut as Magda in Puccini's La Rondine. Jamie Barton first came to prominence as a winner of the Met's National Council Auditions in 2007, a process that was documented in the award-winning film The Audition. Katarina Dalayman made her Met debut as Brangane in Wagner's Tristan und Iseult in 1999.

Tickets are available at the Box Office or online at www.palaceamusement.com with a Palace Card or any major credit card.