Jan Martiník sings Dvořák

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Czech Republic's Jan Martiník performs Bĕda, Bĕda, ubohá Rusalko bledá from Dvořák's Rusalka, in the final of the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Rusalka, a water nymph, is the daughter of the Spirit of the Lake. She is in love with a prince, and wants to become human to be with him. At their wedding ball, the prince's attention has already wandered, in the direction of a foreign princess. The Spirit of the Lake comes out of the fountain and sings a lament, unhappy at the fate of his daughter.


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