Classical
6:40 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?)

How do you top a Super Bowl triumph? Renee Fleming does it by returning to a signature role - the love-struck sprite Rusalka in Dvorak's beautiful opera. Saturday at noon you can hear it live from the Metropolitan Opera on IPR  - OR watch it live in HD video in theaters in Ames, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Dubuque, Des Moines, Grinnell, and Iowa City.
One Super Bowl tidbit: Fleming's National Anthem may have sounded unique because she sang it in 4/4, not the usual three-to-a-bar.  We  loved her performance, but one observer tweeted  "All I can say is, at least the opera singer showed up - more than can be said for one of the teams..."

Renee Fleming as Rusalka in Dvorak's opera at the Metropolitan Opera
Renee Fleming as Rusalka in Dvorak's opera at the Metropolitan Opera
Credit Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera