Russian Opera Special
Fridays in September
Every Friday throughout September, Stingray Classica invites you on a journey through the enchanting soundscape of Russian opera. Moscow-born conductor and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev conducts stunning interpretations of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa from the historic Mariinsky Theater. Taking Russian compositions abroad, American conductor Kent Nagano leads the Orchestre de Paris and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Prince Igor at the Théatre Musical de Paris. Enjoy impressive interpretations featuring soloists like Vladimir Galuzin, Nikolai Gassiev, Albert Schagidullin, Galina Gorchakova, Sergei Aleksashkin and many more!
Friday, September 6 | Prokofiev - The Gambler
Set in the fictional town of Roulettenburg in the mid-19th Century, Prokofiev's The Gambler is a four-act opera that displays the dramatic highs and lows involved in the game of chance. At the centre of the story is Alexei, who is in love with The General's step-daughter, Pauline. All of the characters fall victim to the temptation of gambling, each one consumed by the obsession and greed that drives them. Filmed at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2010, The Gambler stars celebrated Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin and bass Sergei Aleksashkin. Other soloists are Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Vladimir Galusin, Larisa Dyadkova and Nikolai Gassiev. The orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre is conducted by Valery Gergiev. Georgian stage director Temur Chkheidze directed the opera with critical success at the Metropolitan Opera in 2001 and gives a fresh look to Prokofiev's first opera.
Friday, September 13 | Rimsky-Korsakov - The Golden Cockerel
Kent Nagano conducts the Orchestre de Paris and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s operaThe Golden Cockerel, based on the novel “The House of the Weathercock” by Puschkin. The opera was completed in 1907 and premiered in 1909 in Moscow, after the composer's death. Staged by Ennosuke Ichikawa and directed by Thomas Grimm. Main soloists in this production are Albert Schagidullin (King Dodôn), Ilya Levinsky (Prince Guidôn), Andrei Breus (Prince Afrôn) and Ilya Bannik (General Polkân). Recorded in the Théatre Musicale de Paris in December 2002.
Friday, September 20 | Tchaikovsky – Mazeppa
Valery Gergiev conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa. This historical opera’s powerful story about political intrigue and a tragic love affair is based upon the poem Poltava by Pushkin. Mazeppa, a Ukrainian Cossack, is trying to keep his country out of the hands of Tsar Peter I of Russia. In his struggle he needs all the help he can get. The soloists are Nikolai Pitilin, Sergei Aleksashkin, Larissa Diadkova, Irina Loskutova, Viktor Lusiuk, Viacheslav Luhanin, Vladimir Zhivopistsev, Nikolai Gassiev. The opera was recorded at the Mariinsky Theatre, in 1996.
Friday, September 27 | Borodin - Prince Igor
Valery Gergiev conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in a performance of Borodin’s Prince Igor. Set in 1185, the opera tells the story of Prince Igor, ruler of the Russian city of Putivl, and his son, who want to subjugate the heathen Mongolian tribe of the Polovtsians. It is a spectacle of war, intrigue, and love illustrated by impressive stage decor, choir and mass scenes of Russian and Oriental folklore including the famous Polovtsian Dances. The soloists are Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Jevgeny Akimov, Sergey Aleksashkin, Vladimir Vaneev and Olga Borodina. The production was recorded at the Kirov Opera, in 1998.