Rusalka. Dvorak. Viena. Opera World


by Moore Parker
Dvorak: Rusalka
Vienna State Opera
26 January 2014

Photo: Wiener Staatsoper / Michael PöhnIn keeping with current fashion, the reception on this premier evening was a healthy Viennese mixture of bravos and boos for the production, with some surprises in store for the soloists’ reception beforehand.

Despite the impressive cast, the laurels on this occasion have to go the State Opera Orchestra and their conductor, Jiri Belohlavek. Throughout, an impressively refined and passionate reading (in uncut form) cushioned the staging and its protagonists on a silver platter, and served the work’s composer unfailingly in detail and style.

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