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 … 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 Synopsis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucwJikYWjLQ&w=640&h=385 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g43Ropa1QyY&w=640&h=385 Act I St. Petersburg, towards the end of … 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)