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Rusalka Dvořák

Mary Zimmerman’s handsome new production of Rusalka peeks beneath the opera’s fairy-tale Romanticism, exploring its Freudian dimension. The storytelling is clear; missing is the pathos of the water nymph who gives up everything for love of a mortal Prince

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In Jaroslav Kvapil’s libretto, Rusalka is constantly characterised as pale, cold and bloodless even as the heartbreaking music conveys the depth of her yearning. Zimmerman’s concept, as executed by soprano Kristine Opolais, takes that coldness a bit too literally.

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