MMus NZ School of Music (Victoria + Massey) 2014 Pages: 130

Poor, pale, Rusalka: The Polymorphic Nature of the Heroine of Dvořák's Rusalka

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Rusalka, the protagonist of Antonín Dvořák’s eponymous opera, is probably one of the most unique operatic heroines. Rusalka’s burning desire to become human in order to be with one and have a soul takes her on an interesting, yet tragic journey. From water nymph to human to will-o-the-wisp, Rusalka goes through three different states and two metamorphoses that leave her desire unfulfilled and cause her to suffer continuously...

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