Rusalka has just premiered at the Norwegian Opera. Dvorák’s romantic opera is Paul Curran’s first major production as opera director in the magnificent new building in Oslo. Five weeks of hard work –with a cast of Norwegian and international stars– have culminated in a grand and magical spectacle, a fairytale with psychoanalytical dimensions. Paul Curran is a believer in magic. In his interpretation magic, music and opera are about hope and humanity; something larger and more important than mere pleasurable escape.