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Carnegie Room opens with 'Rusalka'

Feb 3, 2014 - From staff reports

The opera begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with a dedication ceremony at 1:15 p.m.

The Fremont County Library in Lander plans a grand opening of the restored Carnegie Room on Saturday during a screening of Antonin Dvorak's opera "Rusalka."

A dedication ceremony will recognize the various individuals and groups who have been responsible for realizing a long-held vision of the room being restored to its former grandeur.

The building, which opened in 1909, was one of a number of libraries constructed from the 1880s to the 1920s with money donated by philanthropist and businessman Andrew Carnegie. Lander was a small town when the Carnegie Library was built, and the facility became a rich resource for the community.

The opera begins at 11 a.m., and the dedication ceremony will be at 1:15 p.m. during the second intermission of the performance.

The community is invited to come for the ceremony and stay to enjoy the last act of "Rusalka."

Dvorak's "Rusalka," a live HDTV presentation from the Metropolitan Opera, is a fairy tale opera about the ill-fated love of the Prince for the water nymph Rusalka.

Renee Fleming, the soprano famed for talent in both operatic and contemporary music, stars in her signature role as the water nymph singing the enchanting "Song of the Moon."

Although he was Czech, Dvorak's work has become part of American music largely as a result of his very popular "New World Symphony" which was composed during a three-year residence in America in the late 19th Century. "Rusalka" is said to be his most beloved operatic work.

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