A politically-charged production of a classic Russian opera is set to sweep away the fairy-tale aspects of one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most complex works. The Golden Cockerel is getting a Bolshoi makeover, and the creative team behind the premiere is keen to reinstate the sharp satire which has been blunted by year’s of childish fantasy. Controversial director Kirill Serebrennikov and renowned conductor Vasily Sinaisky are to make their debut on the famed stage with their revamped taken which will replace a 1988 production which has run its course. “This is a strong, solid musical performance that is to grip the interest of the audience for all 3 hours,” Sinaisky said after an “intense” and “dramatic” rehearsal, pictured above.
The new look staging, however, is meant to bring the original idea back on the stage, Serebrennikov believes.
“Rimsky-Korsakov composed his opera for an adult audience, and it bears numerous meanings,” he said. “The most important thing for me was to achieve the effect that was meant by the composer himself.”
And bitterness about powers-that-be – the opera was censored and was first staged one year after Rimsky-Korsakov’s death – is just one many subtexts to be seen in it.
“It starts as a political satire, then turns into a love thriller and something like a Freudian drama which ends with something like a local apocalypse – there’s an extensive scope for imagination there,” Serebrennikov said.
Inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s poem, The Golden Cockerel became the last opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, and the least childish one in the row of his fairy-tale based works such as The Snow Maiden and The Tale of Tsar Sultan.
It tells the tale of an inept ruler who fails to heed the warnings of a magical bird – the eponymous cockerel – in his lust for the Queen of Shemakha and meets an unhappy end.
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