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Rusalka


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  • Actors: Dvorak, Fleming, Diadkova, Larin, Conlon
  • Directors: Conlon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001W1T67Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Renee Fleming, Larissa Diadkova, Sergei Larin, and Franz Hawlata star in this 2002 Opera National de Paris production of the Dvorak opera with James Conlon conducting on 2 DVDs.

Customer Reviews

Renee Fleming was younger and her voice was - glorious!
ojo
The production is a modern, reinterpretive one, and a very successful one at that, from the Paris Opera.
E. Lyons
This production cannot save that which does not deserve saving.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
[This is a reissue on the Arthaus Musik label of a production of 'Rusalka' previously issued on TDK which I reviewed in 2004. It is, as far as I can tell, identical with the earlier DVD. I append my earlier review.]

Dvorák's 'Rusalka' is by far his most effective opera and the only one that has made its way in the non-Slavic world. Based on de la Motte Fouqué's fairytale, 'Ondine,' but with additions from Hans Christian Andersen and the Czech ballads of K. J. Erben, and with a symbolist libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, Dvorák's music captures the story's ecstasy and anguish perfectly. Briefly, it is the story of a water nymph who falls in love with a Prince who visits the lake where she, her three sisters and her father, the Water Spirit, live. She wishes to become mortal so she can be with him and implores the witch, Jezibaba, to grant her that wish. Jezibaba does so but with two provisos: she will become human but lose the power of speech, and if her lover rejects her she will be forever cursed. Well, the Prince initially loves her but, dismayed by her muteness, is soon won over by the blandishments of the evil Foreign Princess, so Rusalka, with her father's help, flees back to the water world. Jezibaba tells her that her only way of extracting revenge is to kill human males by kissing them and when the Prince, who has seen the error of his ways, comes to reclaim her, she warns him (having gotten back her voice) that she cannot come with him because her kiss would be fatal. He says that to 'die upon a kiss' would be the only way he could ever attain peace. They sing a rapturous duet, she kisses him and he dies. Curtain.

Rusalka is a signature role for Renée Fleming; her audio recording of the opera six years ago was a huge hit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Lyons on January 2, 2010
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The musical performance seems pretty much flawless, at least it seems to me. Fleming may hold one or two notes a bit too long, just because she can, but her overall interpretation is charming as well as vocally perfect. The Jezibaba and Vodnik have sung their roles all over the world and deliver here. Larin, the Prince, can be a bit less convincing as an actor, but he manages the difficult big moments for his character without strain. The sound quality of the DVD and the conductor are excellent.

The production is a modern, reinterpretive one, and a very successful one at that, from the Paris Opera. It is a psychological slant on Rusalka, with the staging seemingly suggesting that Rusalka, The Foreign Princess, and Jezibaba are all different aspects of the same woman, mainly by means of matching costumes and by having characters move as reflections of each other in mirrors. The ending is reconceived as a happy one, a new beginning for Rusalka and the Prince. The sets are incredibly attractive, although spare, and the lighting is striking. The DVD's picture is excellent and detailed, with rich, bright photography, even in some fairly dark (interms of the stage lighting) scenes.

I have 2 dvds of Rusalka, this one and the English National Opera one with Eileen Hannan. They are both modern productions, and similar in interpreting Rusalka as a story about the difficulty of achieving maturity and breaking away from from one's parents. They are both excellent, but I have to admit, I would like to see something different. I am hoping the recent Glyndebourne production or some other will be released on DVD soon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John F. Cahill on January 4, 2011
I bought this DVD when it first came out. I was a little hesitant about purchasing it because the production is by Robert Carsen whose productions of operas are just trashy!! However, the singing is just wonderful by all the main characters, but the sets and production are just plain awful! Where is the beautiful lake in the woods at the beginning of the opera and particularly at the end?? There the Prince dies after kissing Rusalka and she sinks below the waters of the lake. Why are they in a motel room at the end!!! It looks like a Motel Six room (with apologies to Motel Six). Where is the beautiful Prince's Palace??? I saw the MET production in New York with Fleming - it was glorious and thrilling to see and hear, and the final scene was beautifully done. I would hope that the MET would put this out on DVD, but it may not have been filmed. Too bad. I don't recommend anyone purchasing this current DVD - buy the CD instead and listen to the glorious music! You will be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Denes on July 31, 2012
This is a reissue of the 2002 version of the Opera National Paris production. It's a delightful opera, melodic and pleasing music based on folksongs and life-motives. The singers are all very good, especially Renee Fleming, who was at the height of her art that time. It is however a pain to see how the director, Robert Carsen made a trash out of the production: he placed the story, which is about a folklore playing out in the forest and inthe Prince's castle, into a stark bedroom. Instead of the dances at the ball, what the music describes, Carsen organizes an ugly mad-scene among a bunch of people, stripping each other.

If you want to see such trashy production, go and buy the old [issued by TDK in 2004] version at $5.00, rather then this one at $ 30.00.
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