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Bluffing end of the music season in Amsterdam


Highlights: The show is based on the story of a young boy and his adventures in the ocean. It is set against a backdrop of the 1930s and 1940s, but the story is set in the present day. The music is sung by a soprano and a mezzo-soprano. The show ends on a high note, but it doesn't have the depth of the first half of the opera. The final act is set to be performed by the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

REVIEW - The Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw have once again shown the high quality of their sounds.

Special Envoy to Amsterdam.

It is a clever show that German director and filmmaker Philipp Stölzl offers at the end of the season of the Amsterdam Opera. The idea? Transform the fairytale opera Rusalka, by Dvorak, into a fable about the impossibility of escaping from the universe to which one is assigned.

Rusalka is no longer an aquatic creature but a young girl growing up in the American underworld of the 1930s against a backdrop of drugs and prostitution, and dreamed of by Hollywood movie posters. The great love with the star of the film against a backdrop of glamorous scenery will only be an illusion.

Often humorous, the transposition is more skilfully decorative than psychologically profound, and if the show is entertaining, it struggles to upset, relying a little too much on a virtuosity of images that will have at least enthused the audience.

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Perhaps we would have been more convinced if the singing had been memorable. Now, if soprano Johanni van Oostrum phrases beautifully...

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