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The Stone Guest
About the performance

The idea of writing an opera based on Pushkin’s The Stone Guest came to Dargomyzhsky in 1863, however, he approached the work only three years later. According to the composer, he felt frightened by how unusual and brave the task was. “Amusing myself with Pushkin’s Don Juan”, he wrote, “Trying something really rare: writing the music for the scenes from The Stone Guest as they are, not changing a word”. The work moved forward slowly due to the fast-declining health of the composer. The Stone Guest provoked great interest, even at the stage of writing. At the meetings of the Mighty Handful, Dargomyzhsky regularly introduced his associates to the new pages, always saying: “If I die unable to complete The Stone Guest, let César Cui finish the writing and Rimsky-Korsakov orchestrate it”.

Premiered on 11 March 2016.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin's play of the same name

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
2 hours 5 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

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

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Mikhail Kazakov as Leporello.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Pyotr Migunov as Leporello. Fyodor Ataskevich as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan. Stanislav Trofimov as Leporello.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Fyodor Ataskevich as Don Juan. Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Monk.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Daniil Chesnokov as Second Guest. Pavel Valuzhin as First Guest. Agunda Kulaeva as Laura.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Yulia Mazurova as Laura.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Oxana Volkova as Laura.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Nikolai Kazansky as Don Carlos. Yulia Mazurova as Laura. Giorgi Sturua as Don Juan.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Nikolai Kazansky as Don Carlos. Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Nikolai Kazansky as Don Carlos. Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan. Agunda Kulaeva as Laura.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Agunda Kulaeva as Laura. Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Fyodor Ataskevich as Don Juan. Agunda Kulaeva as Laura.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Fyodor Ataskevich as Don Juan. Anna Nechaeva as Doña Anna.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Ekaterina Morozova as Donna Anna.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Giorgi Sturua as Don Juan. Ekaterina Morozova as Donna Anna.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Pyotr Migunov as Leporello.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Pyotr Migunov as Leporello. Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Sergei Radchenko as Don Juan. Anna Nechaeva as Doña Anna.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anna Nechaeva as Doña Anna. Fyodor Ataskevich as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Giorgi Sturua as Don Juan.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Synopsis

Act I

Scene One

Don Juan, banished from Madrid for killing the Commander de Solva, has secretly returned. Accompanied by his servant Leporello, he hides near a monastery outside Madrid. Remembering his past affairs, he plans to get in the city to continue his adventures. The Monk tells him that Doña Anna, the widow of the Commander, visits the cemetery every day. Don Juan sees Doña Anna and feels an urge to get to know her.

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