Mozart and Salieri

Opera in one act
Music : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Libretto : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov after the tragedy by Alexander Pushkin

Staged by Yuri Alexandrov

It is one of the chamber operas based on “The Little Tragedies” by Pushkin. This work has unusual fate: it was composed in 1872 and the wide audience has heard it for the first time 26 years later (1898). Genial Feodor Chaliapin was the first who sang Salieri. This opera was the last pre-revolutionary production by Vsevolod Meyerhold for Mariinsky Imperial theatre.

Now “Mozart and Salieri” is a rare guest in the theatre playbills: although the score is superb it seems to be “too chamber” and too short for the big stage.

The scene of St Petersburg Opera lets to perform this work as close as possible to the original concept. Here one can see and hear the smallest details of the action and to experience the presence effect in its whole.