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Work: Rusalka

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ComposerDvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)
PeriodRomantic
Year1900
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BerlinRusalka

© Iko Freese
Dvořák: Rusalka
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin

PragueRusalka

Dvořák: Rusalka
Robert Jindra; Jiří Heřman; Prague National Theatre Opera; Zbyněk Müller; Petr Popelka; Jaroslav Bönisch; Alexandra Grusková

MunichRusalka

© Wilfried Hösl
Dvořák: Rusalka
James Gaffigan; Martin Kušej; Bavarian State Opera; Martin Zehetgruber; Heidi Hackl; Kristine Opolais; Dmytro Popov
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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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San Francisco Opera offers a dark, powerful Rusalka

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Rusalka) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Vodník) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Both vocally and instrumentally the performance  was a high-class one
****1
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A missed opportunity but with great musical values

The Metropolitan Opera's new produdtion of Rusalka fails to explore a deeper complexity of the fairy tale, although a strong ensemble of singers and the superb Met Orchestra make it a musically compelling performance.
***11
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Fantasy and nightmare: Rusalka at Komische Oper

Barrie Kosky's 2011 production confines the action of the opera to a stark white room. A fine ensemble of singers made for a successful evening.
****1
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Traditional Rusalka a visual feast for Scottish Opera

Anthony McDonald’s Rusalka looks and sounds wonderful in a traditionally told production, with Anne Sophie Duprels returning to the role.
****1
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