Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel

Barrie Kosky (stage director), Daniele Rustioni (conductor) — With Dmitry Ulyanov (Tsar Dodon), Andrey Popov (Astrologer), Mischa Schelomianski (General Polkan), Nina Minasyan (Tsaritsa of Shemakha)…

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Barrie Kosky — Stage director

Rufus Didwiszus — Set designer

Victoria Behr — Costume designer

Franck Evin — Lighting

Otto Pichler — Choreographer

Olaf A. Schmitt — Dramaturgy

Dmitry Ulyanov — Tsar Dodon

Andrey Popov — Astrologer

Mischa Schelomianski — General Polkan

Nina Minasyan — Tsaritsa of Shemakha

Margarita Nekrasova — Amelfa

Andrey Zhilikhovsky — Tsarevich Afron

Maria Nazarova — The Golden Cockerel's voice

Vasily Efimov — Tsar Guidon

Wilfried Gonon — The Golden Cockerel

Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon

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Will Tsar Dodon win in love and war, or will he finally meet his match?

One hall, three distinct moods: laughter, reflection, and romance are all on the program in this exceptional evening, streamed live from the Opéra de Lyon! Barrie Kosky, Russian opera specialist, offers up a new production of a masterpiece rarely seen in the West: The Golden Cockerel, the final opera by Rimsky-Korsakov. After over thirty years in the business, this is the first time that the esteemed director has taken on the daunting task of preparing this singular spectacle of Russian opera, a scathing critique of power and corruption that falls somewhere between popular opera and epic panorama, fairy tale and political satire.

Unlike other Rimsky-Korsakov operas based more firmly in Russian culture and myth, The Golden Cockerel lends itself perfectly to the vision of Kosky, who has woven it into a disorienting and dreamlike universal fable. In the starring roles, you'll be thrilled to see the great Dmitry Ulianov (Tsar Dodon) and Mischa Schelomianski (Polkan), as well as the marvelous Nina Minasyan (the Tsaritsa of Shemakha). The Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon, under the baton of principal conductor Daniele Rustioni, perform the opera's rich and sensual music to perfection—once again, a one-of-a-kind evening at the opera in Lyon!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2026