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Sadko
About the performance

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov gave his opera Sadko an unusual genre definition of opera-bylina. By referring to Novgorod legends, he created an epic work that demands an excellent ensemble of performers and scenic design of a large scale. Crowd scenes alternate with moving lyric episodes distinguished by exquisite beauty of melodies. The author called the musical language used for the opera “bylina recitative”.

Friends and colleagues helped Rimsky-Korsakov with the work on the libretto: critic Vladimir Stasov, mathematician Nikolai Shtrup and music lover Vasili Yastrebtsev. Later, an expert in ancient Russian literature, Vladimir Belsky, who eventually became a famous librettist and permanent co-author of the composer, joined the process. It was Belsky who enriched the characters’ language with ancient words and turns of speech to create a sense of immersion into the old times.

Premiered on February 14, 2020. 

Presented with two intervals.

Libretto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Vladimir Belsky based on Russian bylinas

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 40 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance

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Yuriy Mynenko as Nezhata. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Sergei Murzaev as Vision the old mighty warrior

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Roman Muravitsky as Foma Nazaryich. Vladimir Komovich as Luka Zinovyich. Alexandra Durseneva as Wife of Foma Nazaryich. Irina Rubtsova as Wife of Luka Zinovyich

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Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko

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Aida Garifullina as Volkhova. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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Nikolai Didenko as The Sea Tsar. Nadezhda Pavlova as Volkhova

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Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko. Ksenia Dudnikova as Lubava Buslaevna

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lubava Buslaevna

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Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko. Maria Barakova as Lubava Buslaevna

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Sergei Murzaev as Vision the old mighty warrior. Aida Garifullina as Volkhova. Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lubava Buslaevna

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A scene from the performance

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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A scene from the performance. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Dmitry Ulyanov as Varangian merchant

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko. Alexei Neklyudov as Indian merchant.

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Andrei Kymach as Vedenetien merchant. Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko

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Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko

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Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko. Nadezhda Pavlova as Volkhova

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Aida Garifullina as Volkhova. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lubava Buslaevna. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Sadko

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Ksenia Dudnikova as Lubava Buslaevna. Ivan Gyngazov as Sadko

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Cast
10 October
2021

Sunday, 19:00

09 October
2021

Saturday, 19:00

08 October
2021

Friday, 19:00

07 October
2021

Thursday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Scene one

Sadko finds himself at the feast in a rich house of the Novgorod merchants’s guild. Guild leaders order a song in praise of heroic deeds. Nezhata, a young guslar, sings for them. Unable to hold his tongue at the table, Sadko admonishes the merchants for their clinging to the antique traditions and vain boasting. Affronted by Sadko’s accusations, the merchants angrily banish him from the feast.

Scene two

Sadko comes to the shore of Lake Ilmen. Surprised to see a beautiful girl appear there, he desperately tries to find out her identity. The girl reveals her secret to him: she is Princess Volkhova, the youngest daughter of the Sea Tsar and Tsarina Hydraqua. Her beauty enchants Sadko into total oblivion. Volkhova promises to help Sadko and tells him about the three magic goldfishes he will capture once he goes fishing in Lake Ilmen with his net. These fishes will make Sadko rich and prosperous.

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