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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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“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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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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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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