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An Insider's Guide to RUSALKA

Video and audio previews, articles, and more at Lyric's Insider's Guide to Rusalka.

Below is your guide to Dvořák's hauntingly beautiful fairy tale Rusalka—including video previews, plot synposis, background articles and interviews, photo gallery, audio guides, and more. This new production and Lyric company premiere is on stage from Saturday, February 22 through Sunday, March 16. 

Ana María Martínez portrays Rusalka, a water nymph who has fallen in love with a human prince (Brandon Jovanovich). Although her father Vodník (Eric Owens) warns her that this may lead to disaster, she begs the witch Ježibaba (Jill Grove) to make her human. Her wish is granted, but the price is her voice. After Rusalka is transformed into a beautiful young woman, the prince grows frustrated with her silence and turns his attention to a foreign princess (Ekaterina Gubanova), a betrayal with tragic consequences. Read the full plot synopsis here.


Watch our video trailer (above) and a preview with general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis (who is conducting this production), and creative consultant Renée Fleming (below).


Get to know Rusalka star Eric Owens in this "Patter Up!" video (below): 

Rusalka: Dvořák's darkly sensual fairytale
Learn more about Lyric's eagerly anticipated production of Rusalka, with insights from director Sir David McVicar, in this article. 

Interview with Rusalka star Ana María Martínez 
Ana María Martínez, a Lyric favorite, talks in detail about her character's journey.

Interview with Rusalka star Eric Owens
Eric Owens, who makes his role debut as Vodník in this production, talks about the great cast and what he likes to do when not on stage.

Rusalka and Her Journey
Read Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines's in-depth exploration of Rusalka.

A Conversation with Sir David McVicar
Rusalka's director gives an in-depth interview about how he created this exciting new production. 


View a photo gallery of this stunning new production (click each image below to enlarge). 

RUSALKA Discovery Series

Water nymph Rusalka falls in love with a mortal and there are dire consequences in this sensual Czech fairytale. Ana María Martínez (Rusalka), Brandon Jovanovich (Prince), and conductor Sir Andrew Davis reveal the subtleties and intricacies of Dvořák’s best-known opera.

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Sir David McVicar speaks about RUSALKA

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Rusalka Audio Preview

Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.


Rusalka Commentary

by Antonín Dvořák

© 2013/14 Lyric Opera Commentaries 

Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of SUPRAPHON. All rights reserved. Post-production services provided by Mark Travis, Producer.


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Operatic Olympians

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In fact, the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding  saga of 1994 has been turned into a rock opera by a company in Los Angeles.

In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.


Nordic combined - This event combines cross-country skiing with ski jumping, so it's the perfect sport for the man who can do everything, the one, the only Figaro showcased in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Biathlon - Eugene Onegin is the obvious choice, though his accuracy with a gun might result in tragedy as often as it does a gold medal.


Slopestyle - Adele from Die Fledermaus can certainly give U.S. gold medalist Jaime Anderson a run for her money. Her exuberant nature and willingness to perform makes her the perfect candidate for an event designed for show-offs.

Ladies figure skating - Pretty much any diva in opera would qualify, but we think Tosca has the perfect amount of dramatic flair and true tragedy to really sell that long program.


Downhill skiing - Don Giovanni, with his relentless pursuit of passion, has the temperament downhill skier, who sacrifices everything in pursuit of the thrilling adrenaline rush of pure speed.  


Pairs figure skating - Don José and Carmen are the perfect figure skating duo. He brings the passion, she brings the reckless abandon needed for the crazy lifts, throw jumps, and death spirals

Bobsled - Papageno and Tamino help save the girl in The Magic Flute, and that's exactly the kind of teamwork that's needed in the two-man bobsled.

Ice Hockey - The gypsies from Il Trovatore are a group of people not to be messed with—plus, the Anvil Chorus makes a perfect goal celebration song!


Curling - This is probably the only Olympic sport that you can also do while drinking on the ice in your own backyard, which makes it perfect for the boisterous and often inebriated Falstaff.

Introducing the Family von Trapp!

Lyric has just announced a lineup of stellar young actors as the von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.  Here are some fun facts about the talented crew that makes up the von Trapp Family Singers!


The cast of Lyric's all-new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece, The Sound of Music,  is taking shape.

In addition to Titanic star and Chicago native Billy Zane as Captain von Trapp, Broadway baby Jenn Gambatese as Maria, Edward Hibbert (a star of Broadway and TV) as Max, and opera luminaries Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral (as the Mother Abbess and Elsa Schraeder, respectively), Lyric has just announced a lineup of stellar young actors as the rambunctious brood.  

Here are some fun facts about the talented crew that makes up the von Trapp Family Singers!

Betsy Farrar (Liesl): Liesl might be 16 going on 17, but Betsy has a wealth of stage credits to her name. She can be seen now in Gypsy at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Ball State University graduate's other Chicago credits include Hello, Dolly!  (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook) and the Apollo Theater's Million Dollar Quartet.

Brady Tutton (Friedrich): This fearless Friedrich enjoys extreme sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding. You might have previously seen him on Chicago Fire and heard him as the voice of Jack on Disney's Doc McStuffins.

Julia Schweizer (Louisa): Julia  loves snow days (and she's had plenty of opportunities this winter!) as well as cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery and spending time with her family and friends. She has appeared in productions of Beauty & the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Sound of Music at The Muny in St. Louis. 

Michael Harp (Kurt): Michael is an  accomplished dancer (tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop) and has appeared in numerous musicals at The Muny in St. Louis including Bye Bye Birdie, Les Misérables, Damn Yankees, Shrek the Musical, and Mary Poppins.

Isabelle Roberts (Brigitta): Isabelle loves tumbling and circus arts-in addition to piano and percussion-and recently appeared in the role of Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Northwestern University.

KyLee Hennes (Marta): KyLee has been singing in church since she was 5. With her sisters and classmates she formed a band (Drivin' Hennes) to play at church picnics. In addition to her singing and acting prowess, she has a black belt in tae kwon do.

Nicole Scimeca (Gretl): Nicole likes playing dress up and singing show tunes. She first appeared onstage when she was only 2 in The Music Man. She's been in regional community theater productions of Beauty & the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, and most recently Oliver!     

Photo top row: Betsy Farrar (credit Claire Buffie), Brady Tutton (credit Sherry Bell Photography). Middle: Julia Schweizer (credit Lance Tilford Photography), Michael Harp (credit Lance Tilford Photography), Isabelle Roberts (credit Popio Stumpf Photography). Bottom: KyLee Hennes (credit Ross Zentner Photography), Nicole Scimeca (credit Zoe McKenzie Photography).

Happy Valentine’s Day from Figaro and Rosina!

Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's  The Barber of Seville treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights. 


Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville  treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights.

Nathan Gunn answered questions from his devoted followers in a live Facebook chat right here at Lyric headquarters. Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming even stopped by to say hello! 



On the WGN Midday News, seen not only in Chicago but nationwide, Isabel Leonard chatted with Steve Sanders about Barber and beautifully performed "I Loved You Once in Silence" from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot



Still looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? A romantic night at the opera is sure to please. Tickets for the final four performances of The Barber of Seville are available, as well as seats for the darkly sensual fairy tale Rusalka and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, which tells a story of passion, power, and forgiveness. 

Photo credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago




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