Rusalka Goes Swimmingly at Glyndebourne!
by Christie Connolley
Dvorak’s Rusalka recently premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival. How did our favorite legless/voiceless, mermaid/ soprano fare? William Hartston shares his thoughts on Express.co.uk. Check out the Operagasm review run-down!
Get this straight sucka: “The story is a re-working of Hans Anderson’s Little Mermaid – not the soppy Disney version, but much closer to the grimmer-than-Grimm original tale of doomed romance between man and fish.”
Nobody understands how to sing in this language, except natives – did you know they have a different alphabet???: “The majority of the cast, as one would expect for an opera sung in Czech (with English supertitles), are Czech or Russian, but the quality of singing is superb, particularly from Dina Kuznetsova as Rusalka and Larissa Diadkova as Jezibaba, but there was not a weak performance from anyone.”
Damn girl – What did that Care Bear do to you?: “Only in one scene, when the witch is preparing her brew with entrails torn from stuffed animals, does the action veer towards pantomime. This is quite fun and presumably intended to add some light relief, but it is not necessary.”