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29 March 2019 (Fri), 19:00 Chamber Stage Boris Pokrovsky Theatre on Nikolskaya Street - Opera Pyotr Tchaikovsky "Cherevichki" Opera in two acts

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (till 21:30)


Schedule for Pyotr Tchaikovsky "Cherevichki" Opera in two acts 2019/2020

Tenor: Borislav Molchanov
Bass: Alexander Markeyev
Conductor: Alexey Vereshchagin

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

Opera in 2 acts

Performed in Russian

Premiere of this production: 28 November 2008, Chamber Stage of Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre, Moscow, Russia

Libretto by Yakov Polonsky based on the story “Christmas Eve” by Nikolai Gogol 

 

Music Director: Igor Gromov 

Stage Director: Olga Ivanova 

Set Designers: Irina Akimova, Yuri Ustinov 

Costume Designer: Yulia Aks 

Children’s Choir Master: Elena Ozerova 




Synopsis

Time: The end of the 18th century

Place: In the village of Dikanka, Ukraine; St. Petersburg

Act 1

The widow Solokha agrees to help the Devil steal the moon. The Devil is annoyed with Solokha's son Vakula who painted an icon mocking him. The Devil decides to create a snowstorm to prevent Vakula from seeing his beloved Oxana. While the storm rages, Solokha rides up to the sky and steals the moon, while Oxana's father Chub and the Deacon are unable to find their way. Oxana is alone and lonely at home. She passes through several moods and the music follows her with gradually accelerating tempos. At one point, Vakula enters and watches her admiring herself. She teases him, and he says he loves her. Chub comes back out of the storm, and Vakula, not recognizing him, chases him out by striking him. Seeing what he has done, Oxana sends Vakula away in a miserable state. Young people from the village come around singing Ukrainian Christmas carols. Oxana realizes she still loves Vakula.

In a peculiar and amusing first scene three men and the Devil wind up in three sacks at Solokha's hut after successively trying to seduce her, and Vakula winds up hauling the heavy sacks away. Outside three groups of carollers contend. Oxana shames Vakula into getting her the Tsaritsa's boots or else she won't marry him. He runs threatening suicide, leaving two bags which turn out to have the Deacon and Chub.

Act 2

A forest sprite warns water nymphs that Vakula is coming and that he wants to commit suicide. The Devil jumps out of Vakula's sack and tries to get his soul in exchange for Oxana but Vakula instead climbs on the Devil's back. Vakula forces the Devil to take him to St. Petersburg. The Devil puts down Vakula in the tsaritsa's court and disappears into the fireplace. Vakula joins a group of cossacks who are going to see the tsaritsa. In the hall of columns, a chorus sings the tsaritsa's praises, a polonaise. Vakula requests the tsaritsa's boots in a minuet, and it is granted because it is an unusual and amusing thing to ask. The Devil takes Vakula away as Russian and Cossack dances commence.

The town square on a bright Christmas morning. Solokha and Oxana think Vakula has drowned himself, and mourn for him. Oxana runs off weeping when villagers invite her to the Christmas feast. Vakula returns with the boots, asks Chub to forgive him for the beating and asks for Oxana's hand in marriage. She enters, tells Vakula that she wants him, not the silly boots. Chub calls for the kobzari (the lutenists), and everyone celebrates.






Schedule for Pyotr Tchaikovsky "Cherevichki" Opera in two acts 2019/2020


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