Rusalka – The Met: Live in HD
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.
The only one of Dvorák’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.
We apologize to those who were turned away from the original showing of this opera on May 21. We have straightened out the technical issues and look forward to presenting this opera to you.
Adults $23, Seniors $18, Students $8
A $2 facility fee will be added to tickets for this event.
Learn before you go! Get the most out of the opera by attending a free lecture and mingle with other opera fans!
May 16 – Dirigo Pines – 4-5:15 p.m.
May 17 – Brewer Public Library – 4 – 5:30 p.m.
May 18 – Orono Public Library – 5:30 – 7 p.m.
This series allows you to get the best seat in the house! Join us for this Emmy and Peabody award-winning series, featuring the most talented artists from across the globe. The series is seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, and 19 million tickets have been sold around the world. The series of live opera performances is transmitted in high-definition video via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to select venues in the United States and other parts of the world.
The simulcasts allow more people to experience the excitement of the Met’s high-quality performance offerings. This audience includes current opera fans unable to get to New York City to see the shows in person and potential opera fans looking for an easy, affordable method of checking out a new art form.
Tom Galley, chief operations and technology officer of National CineMedia describes the experience by saying:
This Metropolitan Opera series is a unique opportunity for people to experience world-class opera in their local community, plus the movie theatre environment and affordable ticket price make these events something that the entire family can enjoy. If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending a live opera performance before, this is the perfect opportunity to see why this magical art form has captured audiences’ imaginations for generations.
All Met Opera performances are recorded live, but the Collins Center can’t always present the opera at that time. That’s the case for this showing of Rusalka.