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Scott Morrison, February 2004

"Rusalka is a signature role for Renée Fleming...The direction of Robert Carsen and set and costume design by Michael Levine emphasize the duality and symmetry of the mortal and fairy worlds...The musical presentation is spectacularly good. Fleming, of course, is superb... Larin is in very good voice and has the requisite heft to manage the almost Wagnerian tenor role as the Prince. There is not a single weak member of the rest of the cast...The Act II ballet, neatly carrying forward the mirror-image theme of the production, was crisply choreographed by Philippe Giraudeau and danced by the corps of the Opéra Ballet. The video direction was by François Roussillon; it is unobtrusive and natural...I was both charmed and intrigued by this production. 'Rusalka' is slowly becoming better known throughout the world and I suspect this DVD of the Paris production will help further its spread...Recommended."

Raymond Tuttle
Classical Net

"Fleming is a vibrant Rusalka. Other singers have brought a clearer, more girlish tone to her music, particularly to the famous Act One "Song to the Moon," but Fleming's singing is colored with passion, thereby matching Carsen's concept. Among the principals, she is the only one not to have grown up speaking Czech or Russian, so what she does here is quite an achievement. Diadkova is a solid Je?ibaba. As usual, Michel Senechal brings plenty of character to his amusing comprimario role

Acts One and Two are on the first DVD; Act Three is on the second. There is no bonus material. Subtitling is in English, French, Spanish, or Italian. Despite the preponderance of a dark stage, the visuals are excellent, and the sound is top-notch.

While not your great-grandfather's Rusalka, this production has much in its favor."

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