Rusalka, Royal Opera, February 2023Posted on 26 February 2023
Can a force of nature acquire a soul? This is what the water nymph Rusalka wants, to become human. As she says to her father the water spirit Vodník, humans have souls and go to heaven when they die. But souls are full of sin, says Vodník, … and of love she responds. Dvořak’s opera Rusalka pits the powers of nature, particularly water, against human feelings and emotions. Vocally this was excellent — see my review in The Article.