With Boris Godunov Mussorgsky sets the stage, managing to embody Mother Russia in his monumental tale of Nation and Tsar at an eventful turn in history. Two more texts by Pushkin see achingly lyrical realizations by Tchaikovsky, who first tells of the callous young Eugene Onegin and his tragic story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and then, in Pique Dame, of the soldier Hermann, who is obsessed with the aristocratic Liza and with coaxing a winning secret from her gambling grandmother. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, his finest work for the stage, the master orchestrator spins a supernatural tale with the mystical flavour and steady unfolding of a legend of redemption, while Shostakovich runs the gamut of love, lust, power and oppression in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, a drama exploring the shadowy boundaries between victim and perpetrator. Orlin Anastassov, Bo Skovhus, Ewa Podleś and Eva-Maria Westbroek shine in the title roles, as does Svetlana Ignatovich as the forest maiden Fevronia, in vivid, opulent productions from De Nederlanse Opera and Barcelona’s Liceu.
Boris Godunov Composer: Modest Mussorgsky Boris: Orlin Anastassov Xenia: Alessandra Marianelli Fyodor: Pavel Zubov Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Torino Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Eugene Onegin Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: Bo Skovhus Tatyana: Krassimira Stoyanova Lensky: Andrej Dunaev Prince Gremin: Mikhail Petrenko The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor: Mariss Jansons Director: Stefan Herheim
Pique Dame Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Hermann: Misha Didyk Liza: Emily Magee Countess: Ewa Podleś Count Tomsky: Lado Ataneli Prince Yeletsky: Ludovic Tézier Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Conductor: Michael Boder Director: Gilbert Deflo
The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Fevroniya: Svetlana Ignatovich Grishka Kuterma: John Daszak Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich: Vladimir Vaneev Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich: Maxim Aksenov Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus of Netherlands Opera Conductor: Marc Albrecht Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich Katerina Lvovna Ismailova: Eva-Maria Westbroek Sergey: Christopher Ventris Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor: Mariss Jansons Director: Martin Kušej
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