26th June

Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT

Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Golden Cockerel' with Ulyanov, Efimov, Nekrasova and Denisova from Lyon

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Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Golden Cockerel' is an opera in three acts. Its libretto, by Vladimir Belsky, derives from Alexander Pushkin's 1834 poem The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, which in turn is based on two chapters of Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving. The bumbling Tsar Dodon talks himself into believing that his country is in danger from a neighbouring state, Shemakha, ruled by a beautiful tsaritsa. He requests advice of the Astrologer, who supplies a magic Golden Cockerel to safeguard the tsar's interests. When the little cockerel confirms that the Tsaritsa of Shemakha does harbor territorial ambitions, Dodon decides to pre-emptively strike Shemakha, sending his army to battle under the command of his two sons. Performers:

Dmitry Ulyanov: Tsar Dodon.
Vasily Efimov: Tsarevich Gvidon.
Andrei Zhilikhovsky: Tsarevich Aphron.
Mischa Schelomiansky: General Polkan.
Margarita Nekrasova: Amelfa.
Andrei Popov: Astrologuer.
Nina Minasyan: Tsaritsa of Shemakha.
Anna Denisova: Golden Cockerel voice.

Opéra de Lyon Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Rustioni.

Recorded 20 May.


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