Today we visit the Opera. While looking for a new subject on which to compose an opera, the Czech composer Dvorak met with the poet and librettist, Jaroslav Kvapil. By a happy coincidence, Kvapil had a libretto and was also looking for a composer. Dvorak read through Kvapil’s work and immediately agreed to set it to music.
This particular aria is sung by the title character, Rusalka, in the opera’s first act. Rusalka is the daughter of a water-goblin who wants nothing more than to be human after she falls in love with a hunter/prince who frequents the lake in which she lives. Rusalka sings this song asking the moon to reveal her love to the Prince.
For me it feels that at this time “humanity” is generally back in favour. A yearning to be human in the sense of being kind, loving, just, peaceful and accepting is surely there in each human being created in the image of God. My hope and prayer is that getting back to normal doesn’t mean we lose that deeper sense of belonging and consideration for others that this time has brought about.
This music sung so exquisitely by Asmik Gregorian will both break your heart and mend it.
Moon, high and deep in the sky
Your light sees far,
You travel around the wide world,
and see into people’s homes.
Moon, stand still a while
and tell me where is my dear.
Tell him, silvery moon,
that I am embracing him.
For at least momentarily
let him recall of dreaming of me.
Illuminate him far away,
and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him!
If his human soul is, in fact, dreaming of me,
may the memory awaken him!
Moonlight, don’t disappear, disappear!