Kasper Holten on why he loves Dvorák's Rusalka
The Director of The Royal Opera offers his thoughts on a new production, which opens here this week.
A dark adaptation of The Little Mermaid, Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito’s modern take on a traditional tale loaded with symbolism will be performed for the first time in it’s entirety at the Royal Opera House this week. Of the production, directors Wieler and Morabito told Jessica Duchen; “Everybody knows the tale. We are trying to go with that and to be playful with it. We decided not to have a naturalistic setting in a wood, but still to try to evoke a summer night’s dream atmosphere, which is a part of the score that you can’t just ignore.”
Dvorák’s score is also a firm favourite of Kasper’s. Grand and atmospheric, it features sumptuous melodies as well as the titular character’s famous Song to the Moon.
Listen to an extract from an interview with Revival Director Samantha Seymour: