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.
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