Opera Colorado presents the Rocky Mountain regional premiere of Dvorák's fairytale opera Rusalka

Opera Colorado presents Antonín Dvorák's rarely-performed masterpiece Rusalka for four performances only, February 12 through 20 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

This dynamic and visually compelling production will be the first time the opera has been performed in Colorado and the company's first opera performed in Czech.

Rusalka will star soprano Kelly Kaduce in the title role. Opera News praised her work, writing, "Kaduce sings with a bell-like purity and silvery sweetness, and she suspends her legato with an effortless, sensual spin. A born actress, Kaduce is also a masterful illuminator of text."

Rusalka is the story of a water sprite who longs to become human so she can be with the mortal man she loves. Rusalka sings the haunting "Song to the Moon," begging the celestial orb to tell the Prince of her love. The witch Jezibaba makes Rusalka's dreams come true. But when the Prince she loves is unfaithful, there are tragic results for all.

Rusalka is also the centerpiece of a citywide cultural celebration of Czech arts called Czech Point Denver. Spearheaded by Opera Colorado, the festival includes classical music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, history and more. A complete schedule of events is available at the festival's website: www.czechpointdenver.com

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