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Articles tagged with "Alexander Pushkin"

How St Petersburg has inspired writers and composers

2 November 2016

Russia’s second city has inspired numerous great ballets, operas, plays and works of literature.

How do you begin to make sense of The Nose?

1 November 2016

Audiences and academics have long tried to understand the Gogol tale that inspired Shostakovich's opera – is it satire taken to extremes, or is it something else entirely?

The real Boris Godunov: Guilty or not guilty?

3 March 2016

The unresolved controversy surrounding the Russian tsar and his ascent to power has inspired great works including Musorgsky’s epic opera.

Opera Essentials: Boris Godunov

25 February 2016

Our quick introduction to Musorgsky’s masterful epic opera on the perils of power.

An empathetic composer: How Tchaikovsky reflected his own life in Eugene Onegin

19 December 2015

In his operatic masterpiece, Tchaikovsky shows a real affinity for his characters, with musical intricacies revealing the depth of his characterization.

Watch: Semyon Bychkov on Eugene Onegin – ‘The story that touches everyone’

23 November 2015

The acclaimed Russian conductor explores his personal response to this great Russian opera, one of his ‘first operatic loves’.

Onegin’s morals: The etiquette of duelling in 19th-century Russia

16 January 2015

Eugene Onegin kills his friend in a duel, but he is no psychopath - he acts according to a prevailing moral code. So did Pushkin, in the duel that killed him…

Onegin dance highlight: The Mirror Motif

12 January 2015

One of the most striking choreographic devices John Cranko uses to tell Tatiana’s story.

Six to ten: Russian Literature on stage

4 September 2012

A further five adaptations of famous Russian works.