Iowa PBS premieres Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Rusalka

Fate and desire collide when Rusalka, a beautiful water nymph, falls in love with a human prince and is willing to do anything to escape her enchanted moonlit world to become human. Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Rusalka, an IPTV exclusive production, premieres Friday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m.

In this darker retelling of the traditional fairytale, famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák juxtaposes the mortal and the mythical with beautiful folk melodies and luminous arias, including Rusalka’s familiar and radiant “Song to the Moon.”

IPTV’s coverage highlights the 125th anniversary of Dvořák’s sojourn in Spillville, Iowa. Explore the making of Rusalka with behind-the-scenes footage, and unique perspectives on the stage experience and the opera’s themes. Interviews in the program include Des Moines Metro Opera General and Artistic Director Michael Egel, Conductor David Neely, Stage Director Chas Rader-Shieber and Sara Gartland, who sings the role of Rusalka.

“It's the most beautiful combination of orchestral, vocal writing that exists in my personal opinion,” said Gartland. “I just hope everyone, when they get to watch this, can be swept away by this incredible piece.”

“Given the Iowa connection, I felt that there was a real call for us to do the music of Dvořák and that our audiences will be able to experience it in a new and beautiful way with remarkable voices and a unique production,” said Egel.

“Rusalka” is performed in three acts and sung in Czech with English supertitles.

Support for Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Rusalka is provided by The Daniel and Ann Krumm Charitable Trust.