This week’s Opera on 3 on BBC Radio 3 was recorded at Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer with the London Philharmonc Orchestra.
Jiri Belohlavek conducts a production of Rusalka, Dvorak’s best-known opera. It’s the first time in its history that the famous festival has staged this tale, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, but translated into a Czech idiom.
Rusalka, a water nymph, lives in a pool in a dark and brooding forest. She’s doomed not only to lose her lover but to live forever as a will-o-the-wisp tempting other men to their deaths. This critically-praised production is directed by Melly Still, making her operatic debut, with Anna Maria Martinez as Rusalka and American tenor Brandon Jovanovich as the prince she falls in love with.
6.00pm, Saturday 3 October
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