FULL The Tale of Tsar Saltan Berlin 1993 Hans Franzen, Sabine Paßow, Andreas Conrad, Gisela Schröter
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, Skazka o Tsare Saltane
- Composer: Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai
- Libretto: Vladimir Belsky    Libretto Text, Libretto Index
- Venue & Opera Company: Komische Oper Berlin
- Recorded: September 10, 1993
- Type: Staged Opera Live
- Singers: Hans Franzen, Sabine Paßow, Andreas Conrad, Gisela Schröter, Barbara Sternberger, Christiane Bach-Röhr, Gabriele Rossmanith
- Conductor: Simone Young
- Stage Director: Harry Kupfer
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Berliner Opernaufnahmen
- Date Published: 2023
- Format: Unknown
- Quality Video: 2 Audio:2
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, tr. Skazka o Tsare Saltane listeni) is an opera in four acts with a prologue (a total of seven scenes) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto was written by Vladimir Belsky, and is based on the 1831 poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. The opera was composed in 1899–1900 to coincide with Pushkin’s centenary, and was first performed in 1900 in Moscow, Russia.
The lengthy full title of both the opera and the poem is The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan (Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, о сыне его славном и могучем богатыре князе Гвидоне Салтановиче и о прекрасной царевне Лебеди Skazka o tsare Saltane, o syne yego slavnom i moguchem bogatyre knyaze Gvidone Saltanoviche i o prekrasnoy tsarevne Lebedi).
The plot of the opera generally follows that of Pushkin’s fairy-tale poem, with the addition of some characters, some expansion (particularly for Act 1), and some compression (mostly by reducing Gvidon’s three separate trips to one). The libretto by Belsky borrows many lines from and largely emulates the style of Pushkin’s poem, which is written in couplets of trochaic tetrameter. The music is composed in the manner of Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas after Snowmaiden, i.e., having a more or less continuous musical texture throughout a tableau system, broken up here and there by song-like passages.
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