Fans of “The Little Mermaid” will love composer Antonín Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka” (Portland Opera, Keller Auditorium, April 22, 28 and 30).

A water sprite (Rusalka) falls in love with a prince, and loses her voice in the transition to becoming human. She then loses her prince to a human princess, and is cancelled by her watery community. Living in no man’s land, she is forced to kill the pining prince with a kiss to survive. (There’s a protective dad and a cunning forest witch, too.)

Joseph Gallivan is a news and features writer based in Portland, Ore.


“As a reporter, my job has changed a lot in the last five years, but telling readable, entertaining stories remains my goal. I believe: 1. Local news carries as much weight as national news. 2. News should be like a utility. We would complain if our drinking water was brown, our Wi-Fi was spotty, or our electricity kept going out. So, we need to know our news sources are legitimate and factual, rather than being a patchwork of friends’ opinions on social media. 3. And finally, you gets what you pays for.  Also, as a volunteer, I produce and present Art Focus on KBOO radio 90.7 FM as my way of keeping visual arts coverage alive.

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