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The Fair at Sorochyntsi
About the performance

The premiere of the production took place at the Moscow Chamber Musical Theatre, named after B. A. Pokrovsky, on the 14th of June 2000. Boris Aleksandrovich was very fond of Gogol and admired Mussorgsky. The Fair at Sorochyntsi belongs amongst the best directorial works of the master in his latest creative period. The Chamber Musical Theatre received the State Prize of the Russian Federation for this production and retained it in the 2018/19 season.

Night on Bold mountain, Red Jacket and other devilry, that is pierced with unique “Little Russian” (Ukrainian) atmosphere and Gogol’s distinct sense of humour. This is the backdrop to the flourishing of the love between Gritsko and Parasya. The Fair at Sorochyntsi is a short story from the cycle Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka that was arranged to the music by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky.

Premiered at the Chamber Music Theater on 14 June, 2000. Revival — 2017/18 season. The first performance was held on September 22, 2018.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by composer after the novel of the same name by Nikolay Gogol Completed version by Vissarion Shebalin

Music Director
Lev Ossovsky
Choreographer
Lilia Talankina
Lighting Designer
Vladimir Ivakin
2018 revival:
Revival Director
Igor Merkulov
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
2 hours
Language:
Russian
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Olga Berezanskaya as Khivrya.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

A scene from the performance. Olga Berezanskaya as Khivrya.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

A scene from the performance. Kirill Filin as The Gypsy.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Alexei Mochalov as Cherevik. Alexei Sulimov as Grytsko. Olga Burmistrova as Parasya.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Olga Deyneko-Boston as Khivrya. Vitaly Rodin as Afanasy Ivanovich.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Tatiana Koninskaya as Parasya. Igor Vyalykh as Grytsko.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Cast
14 January
2023

Saturday, 19:00

13 January
2023

Friday, 19:00

12 January
2023

Thursday, 19:00

27 November
2022

Sunday, 14:00

26 November
2022

Saturday, 19:00

25 November
2022

Friday, 19:00

24 November
2022

Thursday, 19:00

26 June
2022

Sunday, 14:00

25 June
2022

Saturday, 19:00

24 June
2022

Friday, 19:00

23 June
2022

Thursday, 19:00

11 January
2022

Tuesday, 19:00

21 November
2021

Sunday, 14:00

20 November
2021

Saturday, 19:00

19 November
2021

Friday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Life at the village fair in Sorochintsy turns like a motley wheel. Cherevik has arrived with his wife Khivrya and daughter Parasya. While Cherevik is trying to sell the mare and wheat, Parasia meets a young man, Grytsko.

Suddenly Cherevik appears. At first, he is about to rebuff the young man, whereupon he finds out that the fellow is the son of his old friend Ochrim Golopupenko, and welcomes him. In the meantime rumours are circulating at the fair about some «Red Jacket»*, supposedly being pursued by the Devil himself.

In the evening, Cherevik and his friend come from the tavern and strike up a song. Suddenly Khivrya appears; she objects to Parasia’s marrying «some ragamuffin». It is useless to argue with Khivrya.

Cherevik grieves. Gritsko is very sorrowful. The Gypsy is willing to settle the affair, if the young man will sell him his bullocks for a low price...

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