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Dvorak: Rusalka / Figas, Opera Nova Bydgoszcz Orchestra


Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Dux Records   Catalog #: DUX8178  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jacek GresztaMagdalena PolkowskaTadeusz SzlenkierDarina Gapicz,   ... 
Conductor:  Maciej Figas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Nova Bydgoszcz Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rusalka is an opera by Antonin Dvorak with libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil. The work is a ‘lyric fairy tale,’ and is based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromir Erben and Bozena Nemcova, specifically the stories of the Rusalka, water sprites from Slavic mythology that inhabit lakes and rivers. The work is one of the most successful and most widely performed Czech operas, and is a cornerstone in the repertoire of Czech opera houses. The premiere performance took place on March 31, 1901. Magdalena Polkowska is the water nymph Rusalka in this production. Polkowska graduated with honors from the Faculty of Vocal Music and Drama of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. She studied later with world renowned vocalist Cheryl Studer, among Read more others. In 2008, she was the winner of the first prize at the 3rd Polish Iwona Borowicka Operetta and Musical Competition in Krakow. She was a finalist of the Alexander Girardi International Vocal Competition in Coburg, a semi-finalist of the Debut 2010 European Vocal Competition in Weikersheim. Other starring vocalists include Tadeusz Szlenkier as the prince and Jacek Greszta as the water gnome. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jacek Greszta (Bass), Magdalena Polkowska (Soprano), Tadeusz Szlenkier (Tenor),
Darina Gapicz (Mezzo Soprano), Katarzyna Nowak-Stanczyk (Soprano), Pavlo Tolstoy (Tenor),
Victoria Vatutina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maciej Figas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Nova Bydgoszcz Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 

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