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!
Bernice Coppieters (Zobéïde), Jérôme Marchand (...
Songs by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky