Weinberg's The Passenger is going to be given its USA premiere next month of January, at Houston Grand Opera:
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)
Last edited by Don Fatale; Nov-13-2013 at 00:15.
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…
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.
The Family Guy chicken should study this bird. (1:52)
Now, that's how you win a fight.
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.
01. Boris Godunov
02. Prince Igor
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
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
1. Boris Godunov
2. Prince Igor
And in no order:
Ruslan & Lyudmila
A Life for the Czar
The Tsar's Bride
Koshchei the Deathless
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 13:30.
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