17th April

Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT

Archival recording: Janácek's 'From the House of the Dead' with Margita, Stoklossa, Mattei and White from New York

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Janácek's 'From the House of the Dead' is an opera in three acts. The libretto was translated and adapted by the composer from the novel by Dostoyevsky. The prisoners get up, two get into a dispute, as the rumour is spread that a nobleman will be the new arrival. He is Alexandr Petrovitch Goryantchikov, a political prisoner. The prison governor interrogates him and orders him to be flogged. The prisoners have found a wounded eagle and tease the bird until the guards order them to their work. The prisoners lament their fate. One of them, Skuratov, recalls his previous life in Moscow.

Performers: Stefan Margita: Filka Morozov/Kuzmich. Eric Stoklossa: Alyeya. Peter Mattei: Shishkov. Willard White: Gorianchikov.

Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Recorded 2 December 2009.


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