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Performer: Melly Still

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GlyndebourneRusalka

Sally Matthews (Rusalka) © Tristram Kenton
Dvořák: Rusalka
Robin Ticciati; Melly Still; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Rae Smith; Sally Matthews; Alexander Roslavets
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How to stage magic: Glyndebourne's Rusalka

Sally Matthews (Rusalka) © Tristram Kenton
A welcome return to the Glyndebourne Festival for Melly Still's staging, which brings out the full emotional range of Dvořák’s fairytale of denial, heartbreak and forgiveness.
****1
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Circle of Life: Vixen returns to Glyndebourne

Elena Tsallagova (Vixen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Melly Still returns to revive her 2012 staging at Glyndebourne, laying nature bare. Cartoonish, but never sentimental, it presents Vixen red in tooth and claw, 
****1
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Magical debuts make the myth alive in Houston Grand Opera's Rusalka

Anna Maria Martínez as Rusalka and cast © Lynn Lane
Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, moving between the worlds and rooted in myth, is a shivering opera to experience with its opulent music and its fantastical plot. 
***11
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The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

If I were to describe Janáček's late opera The Cunning Little Vixen as a bit of a one-off, I could be accused of severe understatement. It's the only opera in the mainstream repertoire to be based on a cartoon strip, it mixes animals and humans at will and it incorporates dance and mime routines, all against the backdrop of the setting of ancient forest so beloved by middle European romantics.
***11
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