Bayerische Staatsoper debut with ‘Rusalka’

On June 15, Andris Nelsons made his greatly anticipated debut engagement at the Bayerische Staatsoper, conducting Dvorák’s masterful and moving Rusalka. He continues with performances on June 18, 23 & 25 leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and a spectacular cast in Munich, which includes Kristine Opolais in the title role, Dmytro Popov as The Prince, Helena Zubanovich sings Ježibaba, and Günther Groissböck is Vodník. The June 25 performance is also featured as part of the annual Munich Opera Festival. Ticket availability is extremely limited; visit Staatsoper.de for current availability.

“From the first second he lit up the orchestra and signaled the brass with his fist. He dispensed unrestrained delight. And as far as it can be judged from the orchestra, the facial expressions of the musicians were able to be read so precisely during any phrases that it was evidently their joy to carry out his interpretative wishes … Nelsons worked at an expressive, flexible pace. The way he conducted the conclusion as a Bohemian version of Wagner’s Liebestod was absolutely bewitching. So perfect and expressive, something that has not yet been heard in the National Theater: a conductor who is not afraid of emotions.”
{Von der ersten Sekunde feuerte er das Orchester an und winkte dem Blech mit der Faust. Er verbreitete eine ungebremste Spielfreude. Und soweit das aus dem Parkett zu beurteilen ist, konnten die Musiker seiner Mimik jede Phrasierung so punktgenau ablesen, dass es offenbar eine Freude war, seine Interpretationswünsche auszuführen …  Nelsons arbeitete mit einem ausdrucksstarken, flexiblen Tempo. Wie er den Schluss als böhmische Anverwandlung von Wagners Liebestod dirigierte, war absolut hinreißend. So perfekt und ausdrucksstark hat man das im Nationaltheater noch nicht gehört: Ein Dirigent, der keine Angst vor Emotionen hat.}
(Robert Braunmüller, Abendzeitung München)
Photo: Bayerische Staatsoper

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