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DVORAK: Rusalka (NTSC)



DVORAK: Rusalka (NTSC)

DVD Clip

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904)

From the English National Opera

Eilene Hannan, Ann Howard, Rodney Macann, John Treleaven, Phyllis Cannan, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Mark Elder

Stage Production and Direction by David Poutney

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format:4:3
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages: GB, CZ, D, F, SP
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 159 min

Cat. No: 102 019

  • David Pountney´s landmark English National Opera staging of Dvorák´s haunting fairy tale opera left critics and audiences spellbound. The production is set in a Victorian nursery where an adolescent girl, on the brink of sensual awakening, dreams of first love. Her story is that of Rusalka the wood nymph who, like Hans Christian Andersen´s Little Mermaid, sacrifices all for a love destined to be betrayed. High above the stage Rusalka dreamily swings as the picturesque gives way to the surreal.
  • Influenced by Jung and Freud, Magritte and Delvaux and magically realised in the designs of Stefanos Lazaridis, Pountney´s Rusalka succeeds in creating a fairy tale to enchant the most hardened modern audience.
  • David Pountney states that Rusalka is about "a typical initiation into social and sexual experience" - the evolution from a child to young woman. He conjures up an enchanted world of repression and surreal fantasy. The set is spacious, gleaming white and full of archetypal symbols including a rocking horse, wardrobe, furniture which slides about, dolls that dance, floorboards that open to reveal a pool with a swing high above it. The effect produces a dreamworld which teeters on the edge of a nightmare.
"David Pountney is a producer to be admired not only because he has bright ideas, but because he knows how to translate them into action" The Times

"Most fascinating and masterly design Stefanos Lazaridis has ever produced." Financial Times

Dvořák, Antonín

Kvapil, Jaroslav

Elder, Mark

English National Opera Orchestra

English National Opera Chorus

Byles, Edward; Cannan, Phyllis; Hannan, Eilene; Howard, Anne; Kimm, Fiona; Macann, Rodney; Treleaven, John

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 102019

Barcode: 807280201994

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Physical Release: 02/2006

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