The Golden Cockerel

Fantasy or Political Reality

What do you do when you're a pompous monarch and your advisors advocate war? You set off to battle posthaste —but when you encounter a beautiful foe, military plotting turns to lovesick sighing. In this exotic and tuneful tale, the exquisite Queen of Shemakha entices bumbling Tsar Dodon, who proves that there's no fool like an infatuated man. Enter a world where kisses are weapons and deceit is delightful, all buoyed up by the fantastic song of the Golden Cockerel. The music brims with Rimsky-Korsakov's signature sensual melodies, incandescent orchestrations, and razor-sharp wit. 


Performed at The Crosby Theatre


Season

2017

Music by

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Libretto by

Vladimir Nikolayevich Belsky

Sung in

Russian

Instant Translation Screen

English
Spanish


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We hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical affinities — foreign color, brilliant orchestration, scintillating harmonies, virtuosic writing — expressed with a melodic freedom.

Artists

Venera Gimadieva
Venera Gimadieva

Queen of Shemakha

Tim Mix
Tim Mix

Tsar Dodon

Barry Banks
Barry Banks

Astrologer

Kevin Burdette
Kevin Burdette

Commander Polkan

Meredith Arwady
Meredith Arwady

Amelfa

Paul Curran
Paul Curran

Director

Emmanuel Villaume
Emmanuel Villaume

Conductor

Gary Mccann
Gary Mccann

Scenic & Costume Design

Paul Hackenmueller
Paul Hackenmueller

Lighting Design

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Dining

Dining

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Transportation

Transportation

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Tours

Tours

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Lectures

Lectures

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The Music

All That Glitters…

In the shadow of a presidential election, is fantasy any stranger than political reality? A similar question might well have prompted Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to create his dazzling 1908 opera The Golden Cockerel, which combines elements of fairy tale and political satire. He had enjoyed a critical and popular triumph in 1907 with his opera The Invisible City of Kitezh, and expected it to be his last. But like many of his compatriots, he was angered by politics in Russia, where the disastrous Russo-Japanese war (1904 – 1905) — a conflict that seemed very distant from most citizens’ concerns — had made their privations even worse.