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Mazeppa
About the performance

The world premiere of the opera Mazeppa by Pyotr Tchaikovsky took place at the Bolshoi Theatre on the 3rd of February (old style) 1884. The production was spectacular also thanks to the cast. According to the brother of the composer, Modest Tchaikovsky, “never has a new Russian opera in Moscow been staged more precisely in term of the consistency of style and detailing”. Emiliya Pavlovskaya (Maria) and Bogomir Korsov (Mazeppa) were particularly successful amongst the soloists.

Further recreations and new productions of the opera at the Bolshoi followed regularly: over almost one and a half centuries, there have been seven of them. The presence of Mazeppa on the Historic Stage is natural: the opera is written for voices of large range and is incredibly difficult for singers (the parts are comparable to Wagnerian). The outstanding artists of the Bolshoi performed in this opera: Pantelejmon Norcov, Alexei Ivanov, Pavel Lisitsian, Yuri Mazurok (Mazeppa), Ksenia Derzhinskaya, Tamara Milashkina, Nina Rautio (Maria), Ivan Petrov, Artur Aisen, Evgeny Nesterenko (Kochubey), Nadezhda Obukhova, Vera Davydova, Irina Arkhipova (Lyubov), Georgy Nelepp and Vladimir Atlantov (Andrei).

Premiered on June 23, 2021.

Presented with two intervals.

Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky based on Alexander Pushkin's poem Poltava, with partial use of a libretto by Viktor Burenin

Conductor
Tugan Sokhiev
Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 30 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

Supported by
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Anna Shapovalova as Maria. Vladislav Sulimsky as Mazeppa.

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Anna Shapovalova as Maria.

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Anna Nechaeva as Maria. Sergei Skorokhodov as Andrei.

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Anna Shapovalova as Maria. Dmitro Popov as Andrei.

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A scene from the performance.

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Vladislav Sulimsky as Mazeppa. Ksenia Dudnikova as Lyubov.

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Vladislav Sulimsky as Mazeppa. Stanislav Trofimov as Kochubei.

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Elchin Azizov as Mazeppa. Anna Nechaeva as Maria.

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Oleg Dolgov as Andrei. Denis Makarov as Kochubei. Ilya Selivanov as Iskra.

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Denis Makarov as Kochubei. Anna Nechaeva as Maria. Agunda Kulaeva as Lyubov.

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Stanislav Trofimov as Kochubei.

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A scene from the performance. Nikolai Kazansky as Orlik. Stanislav Trofimov as Kochubei.

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Vladislav Sulimsky as Mazeppa.

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Anna Shapovalova as Maria. Zeljko Lucic as Mazeppa.

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Anna Nechaeva as Maria. Elchin Azizov as Mazeppa.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Lyubov.

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Elena Manistina as Lyubov. Anna Shapovalova as Maria.

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A scene from the performance. Ivan Maximeiko as Drunk Cossack.

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Maxim Paster as Drunk Cossack.

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A scene from the performance. Ilya Selivanov as Iskra. Denis Makarov as Kochubei.

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A scene from the performance. Anna Shapovalova as Maria.

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A scene from the performance. Dmytro Popov as Andrei.

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Oleg Dolgov as Andrei.

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Sergei Skorokhodov as Andrei.

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Anna Nechaeva as Maria.

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Nikolai Kazansky as Orlik. Zeljko Lucic as Mazeppa.

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Anna Shapovalova as Maria. Zeljko Lucic as Mazeppa.

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Anna Nechaeva as Maria.

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Cast
29 January
2023

Sunday, 14:00

28 January
2023

Saturday, 19:00

27 January
2023

Friday, 19:00

26 January
2023

Thursday, 19:00

25 January
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

18 May
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

17 May
2022

Tuesday, 19:00

15 May
2022

Sunday, 14:00

14 May
2022

Saturday, 19:00

13 May
2022

Friday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Aсt I

Young girls are telling their fortunes. Maria, Kochubey’s daughter, runs in, excited that the hetman Mazeppa has arrived. The young girl has fallen in love with him and cannot imagine life without him. Andrei, a young Cossack, is in love with Maria and tells her of his deep love. But Maria’s thoughts are only of Mazeppa. Andrei comes to realize the futility of his hopes.

After the grand feast in Mazeppa’s honor, Mazeppa asks Kochubey for his youngest daughter’s hand in marriage. Kochubey is stunned: Maria is the hetman’s god daughter, and he is much older than she. Mazeppa presses the issue and Kochubey demands that he leave the house. Their quarrel attracts the attention of the other guests and Kochubey’s retainers. Finally Mazeppa suggests that Maria make the choice: her father or him? Maria choses the hetman, and runs off with him.

Kochubey’s wife, Lyubov, is in despair. Weeping for her daughter who has abandoned her father’s house, she calls on her husband to take decisive action against Mazeppa. Kochubey has long wanted to tell Peter the Great of Mazeppa’s secret plans to make the Ukraine an independent state, allied with the Swedish King Charles XII. Iskra, Kochubey’s friend, suggests that Kochubey send a rider to the capital at once, to give warning of the hetman’s planned treachery. Andrei is entrusted with the letter to the Czar.

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