Monday, October 18, 2010

Unhappily Ever After

In his memoir of his father, Otakar Dvořák recalls a family lunch in 1901 (Otakar was sixteen), when his father came to the table and declared that someone had died. "Who died?," everyone inquired. As Otakar tells it, Dvořák responded, “Well, she kissed him, so he had to die for this one kiss. This is the way it happened in the fairy tale.” Thus, the Dvořák family learned that Father had come to the end of his new opera Rusalka and that it was not the death of anyone they knew, just of a fairy tale prince who has been warned of the price of that kiss but must have it nonetheless.

-Betsy Schwarm, long-time announcer/producer for KVOD and music professor

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