Magazine article Czech Music

Rusalka

Magazine article Czech Music

Rusalka

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Antonin Dvorak

Rusalka

Renee Fleming, Larissa Diadkova, Sergej Larin, Franz Hawlata, Eva Urbanova, Orchestra and Choirs of the Opera National de Paris, James Conlon, director Robert Carsen, stage design Michael Levine. Production: not stated. Text: Eng., Ger. Subtitles: Eng., Ger., French, Span., Ital. Recorded: live, 6/2002, Opera National de Paris--Bastille, Paris. TT: 100 + 55 minutes.

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Every production of a Czech opera abroad is something that should be approached in a positive spirit. In addition to a pleasurable and justified feeling of nation pride, it is very instructive to see how a work considered a national treasure is perceived and interpreted in different cultural contexts. The production of Rusalka at the Bastille Opera in Paris in 2002 definitely made one think twice about the Czech staging tradition that regards Rusalka as a family afternoon fairytale.

The Paris version brings sex and blood into our fairytale and clearly addresses an adult public. …

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