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


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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: 149,151 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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Utterly compelling in the title role, Latvian soprano Krístine Opolais gives us Rusalka crossed with Natascha Kampusch (the Austrian kidnap victim held captive in a cellar for eight years), a broken spirit caught in a world where all men abuse women, ultimately unable to escape her own past. --Financial Times

She [Kristine Opolais] brought a raw intensity and a beautifully nuanced voice with marvelous top notes to her role, alongside an acting talent that the director was only too happy to show of --MusicWeb International

Remarkable. The cast has clearly bought into the producer's concept and they deliver a devastating ensemble performance. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct'11

The grim modern tale is acted out with undeniable intensity. --Gramophone Awards issue,11

...It's superbly done and is notable for a brave,perhaps career-best performance from Kristine Opolais in the title role. *** --Guardian,09/12/11

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug 2011
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith M. McDonnell on 10 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Ignore the one-star review below. This staging of Rusalka is quite simply one of the finest I've seen - indeed Kusej never puts a foot wrong, and although his staging is challenging, disturbing and audacious it somehow 'works'. From the first notes of the overture, I sat mesmerised as not only is the musical performance without fault, but the acting and singing are all of a piece as well. I can't remember the last time I saw such superbly-drawn performances from such an exceptional group of singers, and whilst they are all at the top of their league, Kristine Opolais gives the performance of a lifetime. She commands the stage throughout and her singing is nothing short of sensational. It's years since I've seen such a vivid operatic performance. If you are only interested in opera as a decorative pastime then this staging is not for you, but if you are prepared to allow yourself to think, be challenged and actually go with what Kusej and the cast are trying to achieve then you are in for an absolute treat. I can not recommend this highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on 24 Nov 2011
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J E Flattery on 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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