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Dvorak: Rusalka [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

Bayerisches Staatsorchester , Chor Der Bayerischen Staatsoperkristne Opolais    Exempt   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor Der Bayerischen Staatsoperkristne Opolais, Kristine Opolais, Klaus Florian Vogt, Nadia Krasteva
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052IGM2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,542 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This highly acclaimed production from the Bayerische Staatsoper was a veritable sensation and the performance of up-and-coming Latvian soprano, Kristne Opolais was rightly hailed by the press as one of the most vivid and striking accomplishments seen on an opera stage in a long time (Viennas leading daily Der Standard). With her supple and velvety soprano voice, her captivating physical beauty and her hauntingly moving stage presence, Kristine Opolais perfectly embodies the role of water nymph who becomes a human being in order to find love.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rusalka used and abused 2 Aug 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
From the man who envisaged the Flying Dutchman as an asylum seeker in a 2010 production of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer for the Nederlandse Opera, cutting-edge opera director Martin Kusej reworks Dvorák's dark fairy-tale Rusalka into a case of child abuse, where an innocent wood nymph and her sisters are victims of a Josef Fritzl-like Water Goblin. Evidently then, this production for the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2010 is not one for the traditionalists. For anyone a bit more open minded to the greater potential of opera, this is an incredibly imaginative interpretation that gets right to the dark heart of the work, and it's sung magnificently by all the principal performers.

In the context in which it is presented, lines like "I'd like to leave her to escape from the depths/I want to become a human being/And live in the golden sunshine" take on an entirely new meaning when they are uttered by a young woman being held captive with her sisters in the basement and routinely abused by their father. Escaping from this dungeon, and faced with the reality of life outside the abusive circle that is the only kind of relationship she has even known, Rusalka is evidently profoundly traumatised and damaged by the experience, her "womanhood defiled", and she remains mute and unable to communicate or function as any other human being. It destroys any chance of sustaining a normal relationship, and destroys her chance at happiness with the Prince who has discovered her in the woods.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cutting Edge Rusalka 6 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This production of Rusalka directed by Martin Kusej is one that is not going to please everyone. What Kusej does is squeeze all the darkness of this lyrical fairy tale and puts in a modern setting. It doesn't suprise me that some people are not going to like it, as it does tackle the issues of Fritzl and Natascha Kampusch. In my mind Rusalka is an opera you can take some liberties with as it is only a fairy story after all. This is of course also a Rusalka not to show to the children as I understood that when this was performed in Munich young children were in the audience.

In terms of the musical performances Kristine Opolais is a wonderful Rusalka her dramatic sense coming to the fore and her rich soprano voice perfect for the part. Klaus Florian Voght is a lyrical prince whose tenor voice is perfect for the role. All the other parts are taken well and Thomas Hanus's conducting is perfect.

All in all if you like cutting edge productions that are well thought out you should buy this Blu Ray.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Beda! Beda! Beda 30 Jun 2011
By A. Thai
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Rusalka, Bayerische staatsoper

At first, I said "oh no, they have turned Rusalka into a kitchen sink drama". How wrong I was! It is more of a horror movie!
I dutifully watched the blu-ray of this version of Rusalka to the end, although I was tempted on many occasions to turn the whole thing off. But right in the middle of it, I took the booklet that comes with the disc, I read it and I can only say I wish I had known beforehand, because I would not have wasted my money, my time, and I would not have felt so puzzled, then annoyed, and then so angry at all the talents wasted.
But first things first, to quote from the booklet, this is "a radically different interpretation", "Martin Kusej's Rusalka attempts to flee in an act of self-emancipation that founders on her own damaged psyche and on the inability of the various parties to speak to one another". She "reminds us here of Natascha Kampusch, the young woman from Vienna who for over eight years was held prisoner in an underground dungeon by a psychopathic abductor before she finally managed to escape." And for good measure, Kusej also casts the Water Goblin as the psychopath, "while also investing him with features of Josef Fritzl, who in 2008 hit the headlines as the 'incestuous father of Amstetten' for having locked up his own daughter in a cellar for twenty-four years and for fathering eight children with her."
I wish Amazon had put that more clearly in the synopsis of the blu-ray!
The blu-ray is picture perfect, the sound is PCM stereo /DTS-HD MA 5.0 and the singers do sing beautifully, but they all seem to have escaped from a horror movie. The Water Spirit quite obviously has sex with his children, the water nymphs, one of them is only a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strange production but very powerful in voices 24 Nov 2011
By Jerry
Format:Blu-ray
It is THE MOST UNUSUAL production yet.......After Melbourne production
of RUSALKA - I was sure that nothing can surprise me.Mel. production made
lot of sence - this recording trying VERY HARD to make connection with
public,but trough my eyes it was a disaster MADE IN GERMANY.
But-that aside - singing was great.For that alone it is worth the money.
Rusalka flawless with very nice emotional and charged performance.
Vodnik - same can be said fro him.On top of that he was a power tower of the night.
Jezibaba sang well as KUCHAR -but-they concentrated more on the language
that the rest.Chorus and orchestra-I could not fault it.
I am happy with this purchase-even with the strangest production yet....
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