Rimsky-Korsakov lavished a gorgeous score on this rustic tale of love and the supernatural. This acclaimed 2008 production by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre marks the opera's first appearance on DVD. The company's brilliant staging is modern in its dramatic intensity yet firmly rooted in the traditional heart of the work.
Opera in Three Acts
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto by the composer after the story by Nikolai Gogol
Mayor: Dmitry Ulyanov
Levko: Oleg Polpudin
Hannah: Natalia Vladimirskaya
Mayor’s Sister-in-Law: Irina Chistyakova
Clerk: Roman Ulybin
Distiller: Vyacheslav Voynarovsky
Kalenik: Anatoly Loshak
Pannochka: Valeria Zaytseva
First Mermaid: Maria Lobanova
Second Mermaid: Maria Suvorova
Third Mermaid: Ella Feyginova
Orchestra, Chorus, Soloists, Dancers and Actors of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko
Moscow Academic Music Theatre
Felix Korobov, conductor
Stage Director: Alexander Titel
Set Design and Costumes: Vladimir Arefiev
Live performance, taped March 9, 2008
120 minutes, Color, Mono, All regions.
Subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Romanized Russian.