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    Weinberg's The Passenger is going to be given its USA premiere next month of January, at Houston Grand Opera:


    http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwoper...11814-20131008

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    I'll make do with just 8, but I'll be checking out some of the other suggestions here.

    Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin (Russian opera in the Italian style)
    Moussorgsky - Boris Godunov (The archetypal Russian opera)
    Borodin - Prince Igor (Russian opera at its most spectacular)
    Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades (his other great opera)
    Moussorgsky - Khovanshchina (like Boris but more lyrical with more female singing)
    Prokofiev - The Fiery Angel (Covent Garden's production was unforgettable)
    Glinka - Ruslan and Ludmila (The first great Russian opera)
    Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (A huge work if you ever get to see it live)
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    As a Russian myself, I wholeheartedly agree with this short-list. If one wants to see a Russian opera with the "local color", it's best to begin with something like Boris Godunov. The only bad thing about it is that it can hardly be called historically accurate… If it irks you, then start with Ruslan and Lyudmila — a sweet fairy tale, excellent music, lovely lyrics…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autumn Leaves View Post
    The only bad thing about it is that it can hardly be called historically accurate… If it irks you, (...)
    Yes, I think that opera fans are very sensitive about historical accuracy, after Anna Bolena or Don Carlo there is no way anybody could swallow such unauthentic plot as Boris Godunov has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Yes, I think that opera fans are very sensitive about historical accuracy, after Anna Bolena or Don Carlo there is no way anybody could swallow such unauthentic plot as Boris Godunov has.
    Of course, it may be just me who's a bit sensitive. Some historical plots leave nothing but the real names.

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    Sadko - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Prince Igor - Borodin
    Ivan Susanin - Glinka
    Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky
    Khovanshchina - Mussorgsky
    Ruslan and Lyudmila - Glinka
    Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Tsar's bride - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Queen of Spades- Tchaikovsky
    Dobrynya Nikitich - Gretchaninov

    I even left out The Golden Cockerel, despite how much I like to watch a man fight a chicken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Sadko - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Prince Igor - Borodin
    Ivan Susanin - Glinka
    Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky
    Khovanshchina - Mussorgsky
    Ruslan and Lyudmila - Glinka
    Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Tsar's bride - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Queen of Spades- Tchaikovsky
    Dobrynya Nikitich - Gretchaninov

    I even left out The Golden Cockerel, despite how much I like to watch a man fight a chicken.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    The Family Guy chicken should study this bird. (1:52)
    Now, that's how you win a fight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Dobrynya Nikitich - Gretchaninov
    Not familiar with this one, I would need to check. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    Not familiar with this one, I would need to check. Thanks.
    An aria from Dobrynya Nikitich.
    Not sure why this video runs twice but that's the least of my concerns when there's a guy singing in the middle of an empty field.



    ...and the overture.

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    I have to confess that, though a lover of Russian music, I don't think I have seen or heard 10 Russian operas. What a terrible hole in my musical knowledge. I love Tchaikovsky, but, though I love and know very well The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin, I haven't heard or seen any of his other operas. Boris Godunov I have seen (and heard) more than once, ditto The Rake's Progress. Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk I remember in a searingly brilliant ENO production many years ago. I also remember ENO doing a spectacular production of Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve and a superb Prokoviev War and Peace. I remember with less fondness a production of Schnittke's Life With An Idiot.

    I have heard some of the music from other Rimsky- Korsakov operas, like The Golden Cockerel and Sadko, and bits of Mussorgsky's Khovannschina. I'm sure I've listened to Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex at least once, but can't remember much about it.

    That's about it, I think. Looks like Russian opera is going to be my next project.

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    01. Boris Godunov
    02. Prince Igor
    03. Khovanshchina
    04. A Life for the Tsar
    05. Pique Dame
    06. The Legend of the Invisible City
    07. The Tsar's Bride
    08. Lady Macbeth
    09. War & Peace
    10. Eugene Onegin

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    1. Borodin: Prince Igor
    2. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    3. Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila
    4. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    5. Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    6. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
    7. Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
    8. Glinka: A Life for the Tsar
    9. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel
    10. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden

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    1. Boris Godunov
    2. Prince Igor

    And in no order:

    Ruslan & Lyudmila
    A Life for the Czar
    Khovanshchina
    Sadko
    The Tsar's Bride
    Koshchei the Deathless
    Pikovaya Dama
    The Maid of Orleans

    I think I'd enjoy Serov's operas if I could find any with a libretto.
    Last edited by SimonTemplar; Jan-12-2017 at 12:30.

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    Where's the love for Shostakovich - Mosca Ceriomuski? I wouldn't say it surpasses Lady Macbeth, but it deserves to be acknowledged. One of the bests waltz sections i've heard in a while

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