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)