Rusalka: Renee Fleming
Foreign Princess: Eva Urbanova
Jazibaba: Larissa Diadkova
Prince: Sergei Larin
Vodnik: Franz Hawalata
Orchestra and Choirs of the Opera National de Paris, James Conlon
Director: Robert Carsen
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0
Running Time: 155 Mins
Region Code: All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: July 2002
"It has become almost proverbial to claim that the American soprano Renee Fleming possesses the most beautiful voice in the world."
The incomparable Renee Fleming takes on the mantle of Dvo?ak's tragic heroine this month, following her successes with last month's release of Massenet's Manon, also with Opera National de Paris.
Dvorak's operas have always been over-shadowed by his chamber music and orchestral works, above all by his Symphony No. 9, the New World symphony. The fact, however, that he wrote ten operas shows that he was determined also to make a name for himself on the stage, since under Austrian rule the theatre became the cultural focus of the burgeoning Czech national sentiment.
Here the role of the water nymph princess who takes on human form to be united with the mortal Prince she loves, with tragic consequences, forms a suitable vehicle for the celestial Fleming.