99. Renard (Igor Stravinsky)

Histoire burlesque chantée et jouée Composer: Igor Stravinsky Based on Russian folk tales from Alexander Afanaseyev's collection First performed: Théâtre de l'Opéra, Paris, 18 May 1922, in a double bill with Mavra “Le Renard continues the great Stravinskist tradition,” Vogue (1 July 1922) wrote when the Ballets Russes premièred the opera-ballet in Paris. This “burlesque … Continue reading 99. Renard (Igor Stravinsky)

89. A Life for the Tsar (Mikhail Glinka)

Жизнь за царя By Mikhail Glinka First composed: Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St Petersburg, 9 December 1836 This will probably be my last post for a while.  It's increasingly feeling like a chore - three hours of watching and listening to opera, which I could spend reading or watching other things. A Life for the Tsar is … Continue reading 89. A Life for the Tsar (Mikhail Glinka)

80. Kamenny Gost {The Stone Guest} (Alexander Dargomyzhsky)

KAMENNY GOST {THE STONE GUEST} / Каменный гость Composer: Alexander Dargomyzhsky Libretto: Alexander Pushkin’s play (1830) First performed: Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 16 February 1872 (Old Style), conducted by E.F. Nápravnik CHARACTERS DON JUAN (tenor): Fydor Komissarzhevsky LEPORELLO (bass):  Osip Petrov DONNA ANNA (soprano): Yuliya Platonova DON CARLOS (baritone): Ivan Melnikov LAURA (mezzo-soprano): Mariya Ilyina A MONK (bass): Vladimir Sobolev FIRST GUEST (tenor): … Continue reading 80. Kamenny Gost {The Stone Guest} (Alexander Dargomyzhsky)

48. Мазепа (Mazeppa) (Tchaikovsky)

Opera in 3 actsMusic: Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyLibretto: Victor Burenin, after Pushkin’s poem PoltavaFirst performed: Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 15 February [OS 3 February] 1884, conducted by Ippolit Al’taniTchaikovsky's two best-known operas are his naturalistic works, Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, both based on Pushkin.  To my mind, though, his historical operas are more exciting.Mazeppa was Tchaikovsky's sixth opera, a powerful … Continue reading 48. Мазепа (Mazeppa) (Tchaikovsky)

40. The Queen of Spades / Pique Dame (Пиковая дама) (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Opera in 3 actsBy Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyLibretto: Modest Tchaikovsky, after Alexander Pushkin’s short story (1833)First performed: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia, 19 December (O.S. 7 December) 1890.Conductor: Eduard NápravníkScene Designers: Vasilyev, Yanov, Levot, Ivanov, AndreyevBalletmaster: Marius PetipaThe Queen of Spades shows what happens when a 30-page short story is turned into a 3-hour opera.Pushkin's Hermann is an ambitious … Continue reading 40. The Queen of Spades / Pique Dame (Пиковая дама) (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

18. Sadko (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)

SADKO           (Садко)Opera-bylina in 7 tableauxBy Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovLibretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with the assistance of Vladimir Stasov, Vasily Yastrebtsev, Nikolai Shtrup, Nikolai Findeyzen, and Vladimir BelskyCompiled from the bylina Sadko, the Rich Trader, the Tale of the Sea King and the Wise Vasilisa, The Book of the Dove and other ancient ballads and Russian talesFirst performed: Solodovnikov … Continue reading 18. Sadko (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)