Every now and then we come across something so elegant, so chillingly beautiful, that we cannot help but to stare in awe and wonder. At Spey, we are privileged to surround ourselves with lustrous pieces of spectacular pearl jewelry, but there are moments when even we are surprised into stillness at the beauty around us. So it is when our little shop of pearls serendipitously crosses paths with the art and artists of Washington, DC – and such was the night when Spey met Narda Muñoz.
Narda, a classically trained soprano from Bogotá, Colombia, leaves the room breathless beneath the weight of her powerful, enigmatic voice. Imagine, then, the sadness when we learned Narda would be leaving our beloved District to pursue an operatic career in Europe. Our hearts melted. Of course we wish her the most brilliant future and to help, Spey has pledged a scholarship to further her talents and devotion. With each purchase of the Spey wave pendant or flora earrings, a donation is made to fund Narda’s pursuit. Art in support of art. Isn’t that lovely?
But instead of telling this story, we thought we’d sing it. Or rather, ask the far more gifted Narda to capture the spirit of the pearl jewelry in song. The Spey wave pendant, poised like a moon and its reflection over water, is a perfect allusion to the exasperating love story of the water nymph Rusalka.
The Story of Rusalka
Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák is a lyric fairy tale opera based on the stories of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. A cornerstone of the Czech opera tradition, the story takes as its protagonist a young water nymph named Rusalka, who falls in love with a human prince. As we hear in “Song to the Moon” (Rusalka’s aria from the first act), the nymph wants nothing more than to embrace the prince and confess her love to him. She calls out to the moon with one request: to bring her closer to him.
With hymnic solemnity and impassioned supplication, “Song to the Moon” is as stirringly beautiful as it is poignant. It reminds us, through shimmering orchestration and dramatic melody, that love brings us closer together; that love unites souls and erases differences; and that love gives us art. Certainly, “Song to the Moon” is as universally relevant today as it was when first performed on a small stage in Prague in 1901.
Bringing “Song to the Moon” to Life
It takes a village, as they say. Never is this truer than in capturing and preserving the energy and spirit of a live artistic performance. Thankfully, Spey is surrounded by some of the most talented in the business. We turned to our good friends at Mediavolution, an incredible video production and visual strategy company, with the challenge. Lights and cameras captured the action of Narda in song. These raw clips were then stitched together into a truly captivating segment. You need not take our word for it: simply watch the excellence.
With the push of a couple buttons we also elicited the assistance of our friends at Stylisted, the on-demand app for hair and makeup stylists. Forget the salon – Stylisted comes to you! Or in our case, the historic Kennedy-Warren. They rushed over the multitalented Cristina Hernandez, who gave Narda a leading-lady look and flawlessly dramatic styling. Classic and chic are two words that describe opera and pearls well – they also describe the work of the lovely Cristina.
Close your eyes, listen to Narda sing “Song to the Moon” and just let the magnificence wash over you. We’ve translated the lyrics from the Czech original below, but if you love what you hear, consider adding a touch of luster to your wardrobe with the Spey wave pendant or flora earrings. Not only will you enjoy the impeccable craftsmanship of Spey pearl jewelry, but you’ll also become a patron of a world-class soprano. Rusalka wishes to realize her love. Won’t you help Narda realize her dream, too?
“Song to the Moon”
O moon, high up in the deep sky,
Your light sees far away regions.
You travel around the wide world
And peer into human dwellings.
O moon, stand still for a while.
Tell me: where is my love?
Tell him, silvery moon,
That my arms enfold him.
For at least a little while
Let him remember me in his dreams!
Illuminate him, though far away,
And tell him, tell him who is here waiting!
If he is dreaming of me,
May the memory waken him!
O moon, don’t disappear, don’t disappear!
Image: Narda Muñoz in Spey / Credit: Mediavolution