FULL Sneguročka (Rimsky-Korsakov) Saransk 2023 Mordovian Musical Theater
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Sneguročka aka The Snow Maiden
- Composer: Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai
- Libretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov based on the play of the same name by Alexander Ostrovsky    Libretto Text, Libretto Index
- Venue & Opera Company: Mordovian Musical Theater named after I. M. Yaushev, , Russia
- Recorded: January 28, 2023
- Type: Staged Opera Live
- Singers: unknown
- Conductor: Maxim Akulov
- Chorus Master: Svetlana Evstifeeva
- Choreographer: Natalia Atitanova
- Stage Director: Eduard Khramov
- Stage Designer: Maria Vysotskaya
- Costume Designer: Maria Vysotskaya
- Lighting Designer: Roman Afanasiev
Information about the Recording
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: mail.ru     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
Synopsis from Wikipedia:
On Red Hill, near the Berendeyans’ trading quarter and Tsar Berendey’s capital. The fifteen-year-old Snow Maiden wants to live with the people in the nearby village, and her parents, Spring Beauty and Grandfather Frost, agree to let her be adopted by Bobyl-Bakula and his wife.
In the village of Berendeyevka, on the other side of the river.
Snow Maiden is enchanted by Lel’s songs, but is saddened when he goes off with a group of other girls. Kupava enters and announces her own wedding to Mizgir. The ceremony takes place, but then Mizgir notices Snow Maiden, becomes smitten with her, and begs her to love him. Kupava brings this effrontery before the villagers, and they advise her to go to the Tsar for redress.
In Tsar Berendey’s palace
Kupava complains of Mizgir to Tsar Berendey, who decides to banish Mizgir to the forest. But these deliberations are disrupted by the appearance of the beautiful Snow Maiden. The Tsar asks her whom she loves, and she says, “no one.” The Tsar declares that whoever successfully woos Snow Maiden will win both her and a royal reward. Although the maidens present Lel as the likely candidate, Mizgir swears that he will win Snow Maiden’s heart. The Tsar agrees to the contest as the people sing his praises.
In a forest reserve, that evening
The people amuse themselves with song and dance. The Tsar invites Lel to choose a maiden. Despite Snow Maiden’s pleas, he kisses Kupava and goes off with her. Snow Maiden, left alone and disconsolate, wonders why Lel has rejected her. Suddenly Mizgir appears and tries once more to win her love. Frightened by his words, she runs off; but the Wood-Sprite tricks Mizgir to follow an apparition of Snow Maiden instead. Lel and Kupava enter, declaring their mutual love. Snow Maiden finds them and, seeing their happiness, at last truly wishes to have the capacity to love.
In the valley of Yarilo, the sun god, dawn is breaking the next day
Snow Maiden calls on her mother, Spring-Beauty, who appears from a lake surrounded by flowers. Spring gives her daughter a garland and warns her to stay out of the light of the sun. Spring and her retinue sink into the lake. Before Snow Maiden can enter the protection of the forest, Mizgir appears. No longer able to resist, she professes her love for him. The Berendeyans, in ritual bride-and-groom pairs, arrive to celebrate Yarilo’s Day. Mizgir introduces Snow Maiden as his bride. As she declares her love for Mizgir, a bright ray of sunlight appears, and Snow Maiden bids farewell: the power to love is the source of her demise. To the astonishment of the people, she melts. The inconsolable Mizgir drowns himself in the lake. The Tsar calms the horrified Berendeyans with the fact that this event has ended the fifteen-year-long winter that has befallen them. In response the people strike up a stirring hymn to Yarilo.