Rusalka

 

Dvořák Rusalka opera to libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil. Directed 2012 by Stefan Herheim at De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels. Stars Myrtò Papatanasiu (Rusalka), Pavel Černoch (Prince), Annalena Persson (Foreign Princess), Willard White (Vodnik, the Water Goblin), Renée Morlo (Jezibaba), Ekaterina Isachenko, YoungHee Kim [or Young Hee Kim], Nona Javkhidze (3 Wood Nymphs), Julian Hubbard (Hunter and Priest), André Grégoire (Butcher), and Marc Coulon (Policeman). Adam Fischer conducts La Monnaie Symphony Orcestra and Chorus (Chorus Master Richard Lewis). Sets by Heike Scheele; costumes by Gesine Völlm; lighting by Wolfgang Göbbel; videos by Fettfilm Berlin; dramaturgy by Wolfgang Willaschek. Sung in Czech and released 2014, disc has has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This is a revival of Herheim's 2008 premiere Rusalka production. It appears to be a colorful, modern, surreal telling of the story with intellectual challenges for the audience.