I had the great pleasure of seeing the opening night performance of Opera de Montreal's Rusalka last Saturday. It seemed that all the stars were aligned and the performance was truly wonderful. First of all, what a magnificent-looking production! I have seen plenty of projections but nothing can compare to this one. I was stunned by its beauty. The musical side of things was also terrific. Kelly Kaduce is a great singing actress. She was an amazing Butterfly two years ago in Santa Fe, and now she is equally wonderful as Rusalka in Montreal. Here is the best known aria from the opera, "Song to the Moon" sung by the great Slovak soprano, the late Lucia Popp. Tomorrow (Wednesday) marks her passing 18 years ago, when she died on Nov. 16 1993 from a brain tumour. The opera world lost this great singer much too soon!
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