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)