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234th Season

Main Stage

5 January
2006 | Thursday
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Opera in 4 acts
Artists Credits
Opera company
Vladimir Firer, Costume Designer
Vladimir Lukasevich, Lighting Designer
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Larisa Gergieva, Musical Preparation
Andrei Petrenko, Principal Chorus Master
Vladimir Firer, Set Designer
Andrei Petrov, Stage Director
Alexander Petrov, Stage Director
Performed in Russian (with synchronised English supertitles )
World premiere: 21 Oct 1900 Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
Premiere of this production: 08 Mar 2005

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 3 hours

This tale is truly fantastic! And what a rare old-fashioned Russian treat for the eyes and the ears it is!

Rimsky-Korsakov music is suitable for this traditional folktale of loss, reconciliation and forgiveness, full of recognizable Russian folk music motifs interspersed with sweet arias.

The chorus gave us that unique Russian timbre, lullabies and joyful festive sounds that touch the heart.

The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o care Saltane in transliteration) is an opera in four acts (six tableaux) with a prologue, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to a Russian libretto by Vladimir Ivanovich Belsky, based on the poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. The full title of both the opera and the poem in English is The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan.

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