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Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, September 2020

DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (NTSC) OA1302D
DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7266D

The tenor Richard Croft not only dances, laughs and winks, but with ‘Consolation Zion!’, the first aria of the evening, he already gives a magnificent expression in a calmly inspiring pianissimo. He radiates the deep confidence of a divine being, which is the guiding principle for the evening. The Bolivian bassist José Coca Loza masters the coloratura effortlessly and expressively. Under this impression his prophetic statements changed into messages beyond Christian orientation with great seriousness.

Marc Minkowski’s orchestra performs with the usual outstanding level of transparency. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, September 2020

DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (NTSC) OA1302D
DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7266D

British soprano Sally Matthews makes a shimmering tragic heroine in Antonin Dvořák’s lovely fantasy opera Rusalka, given an elegant production by Melly Still at last summer’s Glyndebourne Festival in England; conductor Robin Ticciati leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus in a gorgeous reading of Dvořák’s score. Handel’s classic Messiah—arranged by none other than Mozart—is called Der Messias in this performance from Salzburg, Austria (Mozart’s hometown), early this year. Music and singers are stellar… Both discs have excellent hi-def audio and video; Rusalka has a short making-of. © 2020 The Flip Side Read complete review



Lark Reviews, August 2020

DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (NTSC) OA1302D
DVOŘÁK, A.: Rusalka [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7266D

Melly Still manages to balance the very real fantasy of swimming mermaids, complete with prehensile tails, with the darker side of fairy life. Sally Matthews is a convincing Rusalka who ultimately loses everything, while her prince Evan Leroy Johnson, has no power against the evil swirling around him. Key to this is Patricia Bardon’s knife toting Jezibaba. Robin Ticciati manages equally to tread the fine line between a score which can seem romantically over-indulgent and the darker recesses of the sub-conscience. Good to have this available. © 2020 Lark Reviews Read complete review





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