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.