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Cool sapphire and steel: Kristine Opolais stars in Mary Zimmerman’s Regie-lite Rusalka at the Met

Dvořák: Rusalka The Met in HD, 25th February 2017 Dvořák’s Rusalka didn’t receive its Metropolitan Opera premiere until 1993, when Otto Schenk’s typically lavish production served up Dvořák’s best-known opera as little more than a Disney fairy-tale. At first sight in … Continue reading

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Puppet master: Dutoit conjures superb playing from the RPO in Petrushka

Respighi/Dvořák/Stravinsky: RPO/Dutoit **** Royal Festival Hall, 29th March 2016 Something quite remarkable happens to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when Charles Dutoit stands before it. A band which can sound – and look – disengaged is suddenly transformed when its Principal Conductor galvanises … Continue reading

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Sunny beams from Dvořák and Brahms as Nézet-Séguin returns to London

Dvořák/Brahms: LPO/Nézet-Séguin **** Royal Festival Hall, 3rd February 2016 Dvořák’s Sixth cannot claim to plumb any tragic depths, nor Brahms’ Double Concerto any virtuosic heights. Instead, both works ooze warmth. Brahms’ concerto is suffused with a mellow glow, while Dvořák … Continue reading

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Fish out of water: gorgeous Rusalka doesn’t probe the murky depths

Dvořák: Rusalka *** Metropolitan Opera, 8th February 2014 I’ve an inkling this production of Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera is the sort we’re supposed to shake our heads and sneer at. Sumptuously costumed and featuring handsome, realistic sets, Otto … Continue reading

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Eyes wide open, a shocker of a Rusalka at the Royal Opera

Dvořák: Rusalka  ** The Royal Opera, 27th February 2012 Rusalka is simply too good an opera to have waited until 2012 for its first staging by the Royal Opera. Dvořák’s fairy tale about the water nymph who falls in love … Continue reading

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