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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Golden Cockerel – The Mariinsky Label

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Golden Cockerel

  • Valery Gergiev conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus

    Vladimir Feliauer Tsar Dodon
    Aida Garifullina Queen of Shemakha
    Andrei Popov The Astrologer
    Andrei Ilyushnikov Tsarevich Guidon
    Vladislav Sulimsky Tsarevich Afron

  • Total Duration 118m

    Catalogue Number MAR0596
    UPC 822231859697
    Region 0

    Anna Matison Stage Director
    Anna Matison Film Director
    Ilya Petrov Audio Producer

    Recorded 2014 in the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
    Sung in Russian, libretto in Russian and English
    Subtitles in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese

    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • 60th Grammy Awards Nomination: Best Opera Recording

    ***** ‘Valery Gergiev’s characteristically expansive conducting brings out Rimsky’s glowing Oriental languor.’
    BBC Music

    ‘There are some good individual performances, especially from Aida Garifullina as the seductive Queen of Shemakha, and Andrei Popov in the high tenor role of the Astrologer.’
    The Guardian

    ‘Rising star Aida Garifullina steals the show as the Queen of Shamakha.’
    MusicWeb International

    ‘Attractive, powerful and very well handled...there are not many voices like [Feliauer’s].’
    Seen & Heard International

    ‘[Garifullina is] one of the most exciting opera divas of today and tomorrow.’
    Placido Domingo

    ‘Bass Vladimir Feliauer as Tsar Dodon gives a fine account of his role as the bumbling ruler, and soprano Aida Garifullina as the Queen of Shemakha is wonderful.’
    Ludwig Van

    ‘Garifullina paves way for a remarkably powerful entrée into this Pushkin-derived opera.’


Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Feliauer, Aida Garifullina

Following celebrated productions of Prokofiev Semyon Kotko and Shchedrin The Left-Hander, Valery Gergiev continues his survey of uniquely Russian works with The Golden Cockerel, Rimsky-Korsakov’s final and, arguably, most mysterious opera. This vibrant new production features bass-baritone Vladimir Feliauer as Tsar Dodon, alongside celebrated soprano Aida Garifullina as The Queen of Shemakha and mixes live action with CGI. It is the vision of Anna Matison, acclaimed playwright, script-writer, film director and producer.

The Golden Cockerel was Matison’s directorial debut with the Mariinsky, and saw her also take on the roles of production and costume designer. “In selecting the genre of the fairy-tale”, the stage director says, “I do not intend to experiment with it as a genre. It is a family story: for children it is a merry and vivid tale; for parents it is a wise parable.” The melodious nature, beauty and leitmotifs of the plot are underscored by the production designs; the opera uses pantomime and masquerades, while the sets utilised 3D video projections.

For much of the twentieth century, Rimsky-Korsakov’s operatic work was largely ignored in the west, and he was better-known for his editing of major works by Mussorgsky. A thoroughly Russian composer, his music derived much from his country’s rich legacy of folk tales, and his lush, exotic orchestration was a strong influence on his student Stravinsky. Completed in 1907, just after the Russo-Japanese war, the opera’s depiction of a witless Tsar meant it was initially banned and Rimsky-Korsakov never saw it performed. Finally staged in 1909, it received its first performance at the Mariinsky in 1919.

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