, June 2012
Kristine Opolais is simply splendid as Rusalka. She can both sing and act, and she is a beautiful woman besides. I found her performance as Polina in Prokofiev’s The Gambler splendid, and she is just as compelling, maybe more compelling, a performer here. Her Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém is splendidly sung and her dramatic skills throughout the opera are arresting: she’s an operatic Meryl Streep, conveying so much in a facial expression or a glance.
Klaus Florian Vogt is also excellent as The Prince, as is Günter Groissböck, a villain you will love to hate. The rest of the cast is also excellent. Conductor Tomáš Hanus must be given a goodly portion of the credit for this effort, as he draws spirited and accurate performances from the orchestra with tempos that always seem perfectly appropriate.
Costuming and sets are fine…and other elements of the production contribute to the general excellence of this offering. There is a bonus track, The Making of Rusalka, which I found quite interesting. An absorbing, thought-provoking and totally enjoyable recording! © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review