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 ALEXANDRE POUCHKINE
FIRST PERFORMED THE 7TH OF OCTOBER 1909 IN MOSCOW AT THE SOLODOVNIKOV THEATER
Conductor
Aziz Shokhakimov
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
Sabine Devieilhe*
Astrologer
Andrei Popov
Tsarevich Aphron
Huw Montague Rendall
Tsarevich Gvidon
Oleksiy Palchykov
Polkan
Mischa Schelomianski
Amelfa
Margarita Nekrasova
Golden Cockerel
Michael-John Harper
Golden Cockerel's Voice
Anna Denisova
Chorus and Orchestra
Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon
* former artist of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON, KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET

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 2 July 2020
10:00pm
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Saturday 4 July 2020
10:00pm
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Tuesday 7 July 2020
10:00pm
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Thursday 9 July 2020
10:00pm
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Saturday 11 July 2020
10:00pm
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Tuesday 14 July 2020
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 and Prestige Offers

2 hours without interval

Sung in Russian with French and English surtitles