THE GOLDEN COCKEREL

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 — 1908)

OPERA IN THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY VLADIMIR I. BIELSKI BASED ON THE TALE IN VERSE THE GOLDEN COCKEREL BY ALEXANDER PUSHKIN
FIRST PERFORMED THE 7TH OF OCTOBER 1909 IN MOSCOW AT THE SOLODOVNIKOV THEATER
Conductor
Daniele Rustioni
Stage Director
Barrie Kosky
Stage Designer
Rufus Didwiszus
Costume Designer
Victoria Behr
Lighting Designer
Franck Evin
Choreographer
Otto Pichler
Dramaturge
Olaf A. Schmitt
Tsar Dodon
Dmitry Ulyanov
Queen of Chemakha
Nina Minasyan
Astrologer
Andrei Popov
Tsarevich Aphron
Andrey Zhilikhovsky
Tsarevich Gvidon
Vasily Efimov
Polkan
Mischa Schelomianski
Amelfa
Margarita Nekrasova
Golden Cockerel's Voice
Maria Nazarova
Chorus and Orchestra
Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON, KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE DONATRICE EXCLUSIVE DU THÉÂTRE DE L’ARCHEVÊCHÉ

The story is false, but in it lies a lesson for inward eyes.

Alexander Pushkin: The Golden Cockerel, 1834

“Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! You can sleep peacefully!” Through this clarion call, a golden cockerel, given by an astrologer-magician, calms Tsar Dodon: the borders of his kingdom are not in danger. “Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! Watch out! Wake up!” This time, the bird announces an invader, forcing the ruler to go to war… and fall into the arms of an enticing stranger. Picking up on the irony inherent in Pushkin’s tale, Rimsky-Korsakov constructs his last opera as a satire aimed against the tsarist regime. He does so by deploying all the pop of a resplendent orchestra, invigorating choruses, heady melodies, and exotic harmonies. Moreover, stage director Barrie Kosky recognizes in this fascinating fable the memory of Shakespeare and a sense of the Theatre of the Absurd, and creates a fantastical parade-like production that is entertaining even in its despair.

Thursday 22 July 2021
10:00pm
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Saturday 24 July 2021
10:00pm
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Sunday 25 July 2021
10:00pm
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Tickets: €30, €55, €80, €120, €160, €200, €290
Youth Ticket: €9
Family Opera tariff
Performance available with the Ticket Package

2h without interval

Sung in Russian with French and English surtitles