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

Feb 7, 2014

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
Credit Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera