Rusalka at the Lyric

M and I scored awesome seats for the Lyric’s performance of Rusalka this past Tuesday – front center seats on the main orchestra level for 50% off. 🙂 All the better to see the singers up close, in particular the gamekeeper, whom M has been casually seeing for the past month.

It was a long performance – almost 4 hours. But the set was visually stunning, especially the kitchen and ballroom scenes in Act 2. The singers were really good as well, with Ana Maria Martinez (who also sang Song to the Moon perched rather uncomfortably in a tree… David McVicar, the director, explained in an interview that many directors did that, since the water nymphs, according to myth, had legs and liked to climb trees… ok…), Brandon Jovanovich and Eric Owens leading the solid cast. Jill Grove looked like she was having a blast with the sinister and cackly Jezibaba.

Chicago Tribune’s review here.

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