I was first introduced to Dvorak’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka in college and it has remained a favorite since then. The love and longing in the music is tangible and moving.
In planning this post I realized that I know very little of the storyline of Rusalka. A quick search helped me realize that it is essentially the operatic version of The Little Mermaid…so, tragic and everyone dies instead of everyone being happy…you know, good opera and folklore. Rusalka is a water nymph who falls in love with a mortal man. When she tells her father he sends her to a witch to help her where she expresses her love through this song.
I hope you enjoy this stunning aria.