Mazeppa / Мазепа (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) – dossier

MAZEPPA (Мазепа)

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Libretto: Victor Burenin, after Pushkin’s poem Poltava

First performed: Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 15 February [OS 3 February] 1884, conducted by Ippolit Al’tani

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ROLES

  • Ivan MAZEPPA, hetman of Ukraine (baritone): Bogomir Korsov
  • KOCHUBEY (bass): Pavel Borisov
  • LYUBOV, his wife (mezzo-soprano): Aleksandra Krutikova
  • MARIYA, their daughter (soprano): Emiliya Pavlovskaya
  • ANDREY (tenor): Dmitri Usatov
  • ORLIK, Mazeppa’s henchman (bass): Otto Führer
  • ISKRA, a friend of Kochubey (2nd tenor): P. Grigoriev
  • DRUNKEN COSSACK (2nd tenor): Aleksandr Dodonov
  • Chorus, silent roles: women, guests, Kochubey’s servants, monks, henchmen

SETTING

Time: Beginning of the 18th century

Place: Ukraine


STRUCTURE

Introduction

ACT I

Scene 1: Kochubey’s estate on the banks of the Dniepr

  1. Chorus of Maidens
    Scene
  2. Scene
    Maria’s Arioso
    Duet
  3. Scene
  4. Chorus
    4a: Gopak
  5. Scene
    Mazeppa’s Aria
  6. Quarrel Scene

Scene 2: A room in Kochubey’s manor

  1. Chorus
    Mother’s Lamentation
  2. Finale

 

ACT II

Scene 1: A dungeon in Mazeppa’s castle; night

  1. Dungeon Scene

Scene 2: A terrace of Mazeppa’s castle; the same night

  1. Mazeppa’s Monologue
    Scene with Orlik
    Mazeppa’s Arioso
  2. Scene of Mazeppa with Mariya
  3. Scene of the Mother’s Appearance

Scene 3: By the town ramparts

  1. Folk Scenes
  2. Finale

 

ACT III

  1. Entr’acte: The Battle of Poltava

Scene: The ruins of Kochobey’s estate, near the battlefield

  1. Scene
    Andrey’s Aria
  2. Scene
    Duet
  3. Scene: Onset of Mariya’s Madness
  4. Finale
    [Mariya’s Lullaby]