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Both Acting and Singing are Outstanding.,
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This review is from: Rusalka / Dvorak [Blu-ray] [Region A & B & C] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
This is a distressing and disturbing, even upsetting, presentation of Dvorák's Rusalka, which comes across as being all about the abuse of girls, portrayed as water nymphs, by unscrupulous people including a very nasty man. Rusalka, who opts to become human and marry, is left in limbo when the marriage fails. Agreeing to marry this human was the only way she could escape from her water nymph status and live as a real human. Sadly, she ends up as a lost soul who belongs nowhere.
The depiction of Rusalka the water nymph by the Latvian soprano, Kristine Opolais, is awesome. Her acting, which at one point, involves her immersing herself in an aquarium with some 'fish', is of the highest quality matched only by her singing. All the other players are equally good in their roles. Too late the human prince, who rejects her, discovers that he loves her and she kills him, after which the opera ends in the utmost misery.
This is an excellent production of a distressing masterpiece of an opera full of vivid interpretation and meaning, which highlights, in spectacular fashion, the hazards facing the vulnerable and it bites home in a way that most traditional tragic operas do not and, indeed, are not expected to because they are composed and watched for other reasons. But there are no 'other reasons' here. It's the real thing disguised as a fairy tale. But then, isn't that what fairy tales are all about? Amongst other things, this is an opera for caring, imaginative, thoughtful people. Very well staged and acted, it's worth the highest accolades including lots of sparkling five star groupings, even though some viewers might find it very distressing as I did.