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 acts 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 Dossier Tchaikovsky'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. … Continue reading 48. Мазепа (Mazeppa) (Tchaikovsky)

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

Opera in 3 acts By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Libretto: Modest Tchaikovsky, after Alexander Pushkin’s short story (1833) First performed: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia, 19 December (O.S. 7 December) 1890. Reception: A hit, and one of Tchaikovsky's two most popular operas to this day. Dossier CHARACTERS Herman (tenor) Count Tomsky (baritone) Prince Yeletsky (baritone) Chekalinsky (tenor) … 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 tableaux By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Libretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with the assistance of Vladimir Stasov, Vasily Yastrebtsev, Nikolai Shtrup, Nikolai Findeyzen, and Vladimir Belsky Compiled 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 … Continue reading 18. Sadko (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)