The story of the opera, which is about a water spirit's tragic romance with a human prince, is drawn from several folktale sources including
Fleming won the Met's National Council Auditions 25 years ago singing the forlorn mermaid's famous aria "Song to the Moon" and has sung the role of Rusalka more than any other artist in Met history.
"Portraying a water nymph who gives up a life of enchantment to pursue mortal love with a handsome prince, Ms. Fleming sang with tonal splendor and commendable ease," enthused
Rusalka was originally seen live in movie theaters on
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