Tag Archives: Kristine Opolais

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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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais on returning to Rusalka

Interview: Kristine Opolais Martin Kušej’s controversial Munich production of Rusalka – to which you return in June – was seen as a breakthrough role for you in terms of international recognition. What are the challenges in that particular staging? Martin … Continue reading

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Clattering cherry blossom: solid revival of Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

Puccini: Madama Butterfly *** Royal Opera, 20th March 2015 The portents for this Madama Butterfly were highly promising: an effective, if sparse production, with a devastating final scene; a reliable Italian conductor in the pit; and a fine soprano, who … Continue reading

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A curious, ghostly Onegin from Mariusz Trelinski

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (C Major Blu-ray) *** Kasper Holten faced something of a critical backlash (not from these quarters) for his use of dancer doubles in his recent Royal Opera production of Eugene Onegin, yet their use in this opera … Continue reading

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Fish out of water: Martin Kušej’s nightmarish Rusalka in Munich

Dvořák: Rusalka **** C Major Blu-ray 706504 Fairy tales usually have dark undercurrents – witches, wolves and wicked stepmothers destined to give children sleepless nights before eventually arriving at a Happily Ever After. There’s no happy ending to Rusalka, but … Continue reading

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