Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand... This is a matter of taste I realize, but I really prefer traditional, realistic staging for a work like this. The production is interesting. It seems to be making a point about the surface between the water and earthly worlds. The sets are full of mirrors, reflections, even doppelgangers. They're physically beautiful, and the production is less ridiculous than many conceptualist distortions of 19th-century operas, but still, I would have preferred a traditional design. This is irritating to me, but I can "tune it out" and enjoy the music thoroughly. It does appear to me that, as tastes develop, we are seeing fewer of these essentially egocentric production designs. The cult of the conductor is also in decline I hope. Levine replaces Karajan.
completely disagree with the above reviewers of this outrageous
production od Dvorak's beautiful opera. I respect their right to
have liked it but I must present the opinion of the majority of
traditional opera lovers who think that opera producers and direc
tors do not have the right to change the composers' intentions.
It is a pity that such wonderful singers consented to participate
in this monstruous deformation of an opera dealing with a world
of fantasy. This is a recording to be heard and not seen. To my eye it is hateful, indecent, ugly and boring and what one sees
has nothing to do with what the singers are saying. It is worse
than Salzburg's productions of Les Troyens, La Damnation de Faust
and Turandot. Francesca Zambello's production of Les Troyens for
the Met. Opera and War and Peace for Paris are bothe modern and
not traditional but they still respect the composers' creations.
Think well before spending your money in this DVD. If you want
to hear Renée Flemming in this beautiful opera buy the CD set.
Félix M. Galván-Bird, MD
As usual, she is magnificent. And it is great to see her in addition to hearing her. In general, I find her singing more dramatic and less silkily beautiful than in her celebrated recording under Mackerras(Decca). This is probably what one would expect from a live performance. The other singers are all great, with Sergei Larin as the prince, Franz Hawlata as the watersprite, Larissa Diadkova as Jezibaba and Eva Urbanova as the foreign princess. The orchestra under James Conlon performs ably.
The set and direction are very modern and to these eyes somewhat controversial. But they are interesting, effective and totally valid.
The audience is very well behaved(or some applauses are edited out?), bursting into applause, justifiably, after the famous first act "Mesicku ..." aria, but before the agitated orchestral lead-out, which I felt disrupts the flow slightly.
The film direction is well done in the most part. The camera occasionally lets you see how a scene change is done, which leaves you wondering what the audience in Bastille was actually seeing at other scene changes where the camera "naturally" cuts from one scene to another.
There are very minor cuts to the score. The one I noticed were the solos by the 3 wood nymphs before their trio in the third act.
I don't have a 5.1 system yet, so I cannot comment on the surround sound, but at least the stereo sound is very good.
All in all, the DVD is well worth having.
Technical detail: 2 DVDs(1 DVD9 + 1 DVD5, I thought one DVD9 should have been able to hold 155 mins of video + trailers.)
NTSC, Region 0.
Subtitles in English, French, Itatian, Spanish.
Soundtracks in Czech, Linear Stereo + AC3 Dolby Digital + DTS.
Booklet contains track listings and a synopsis.
Trailers include plugs for other TDK opera DVDs
Rusalka is a signature role for Renée Fleming; her audio recording of the opera six years ago was a huge hit. This production, from the Paris Opéra, conducted by James Conlon, followed in 2002. The direction of Robert Carsen and set and costume design by Michael Levine emphasize the duality and symmetry of the mortal and fairy worlds.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Looking at other reviews, singing doesn't seem to be the issue, and I agree. Fleming is of course the star, but the surprise is how well she is supported. Read morePublished on March 16 2007 by captain cuttle
I loved it through and through. Renee Fleming is great in the role and the whole cast is excellent. I highly recommend it.Published on June 26 2004 by maiden pa.
I am a Professor of Music, who teaches an Introduction to Opera course. I recently saw the absolutely fabulous Met production of Rusalka with Renee Fleming--it was pure gold, as... Read morePublished on May 20 2004
The singing is top drawer and the production is just not very interesting to me. Years ago, I saw Renee in a beautiful traditional production in San Diego and I kept wishing that... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by operamaryc