|1958 ticker tape parade in New York City celebrating Van Cliburn's victory in the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow|
I love opera, and I cannot lie. I know it's not the most popular musical genre on the planet, but I would like to slip in this performance by Renee Fleming of a gorgeous aria from Dvorak's Rusalka, which premiered on March 31 in 1901. "Over the past five years I have written nothing but operas" the composer wrote in 1904, just months before his death. "I wanted to devote all my powers, as long as the dear Lord gives me health, to the creation of opera. Not out of any vain desire for theatrical glory, but because I consider opera to be the most suitable medium for the Czech nation, and listened to by the widest audience, whereas if I compose a symphony I might have to wait years before it is performed." Dvorak based the work on a fairy tale, and in this excerpt Fleming portrays the daughter of a water-goblin who longs to be human after falling in love with a hunter/prince who passed by the lake in which she lives. Rusalka sings this song asking for the moon to reveal her love to the Prince.
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