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Alexander Dargomyrski


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About the opera Rusalka

Rusalka (Russian: Русалка, Rusálka) is an opera in four acts, six tableaux, by Alexander Dargomyzhsky, composed during 1848-1855. The Russian libretto was adapted by the composer from Pushkin's incomplete dramatic poem of the same name. The premiere took place on 4 May 1856 (Old Style) at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Although much of Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka is fairly conventional in musical form and style, its singular innovation for the history of Russian music in particular is the application of "melodic recitative" at certain points in the drama. This type of recitative consists of lyrical utterances which change continuously according to the dramatic situation, with likewise varied accompaniment in the orchestra. Dargomyzhsky was to apply this technique of vocal composition on a small scale in his songs and on a large scale in his final opera, The Stone Guest.
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Roles in Rusalka

The Prince Tenor
The Princess Mezzo-Soprano
The Miller Bass
Natasha Soprano
Ol'ga Soprano
A Matchmaker Baritone
Little Rusalka Spoken

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