Rimsky-Korsakov - The Golden Cockerel (Blu-ray) | Naxos NBD0150V

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Golden Cockerel (Blu-ray)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: NBD0150V

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th August 2022

Contents

Artists

Dmitry Ulyanov (bass)
Nina Minasyan (soprano)
Andrey Popov (tenor)
Margarita Neksarova (mezzo-soprano)
Mischa Schelomianski (bass)
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera National de Lyon

Conductor

Daniele Rustioni

Works

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d'Or)

Artists

Dmitry Ulyanov (bass)
Nina Minasyan (soprano)
Andrey Popov (tenor)
Margarita Neksarova (mezzo-soprano)
Mischa Schelomianski (bass)
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera National de Lyon

Conductor

Daniele Rustioni

About

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’or) is based on a Pushkin folk tale, but the opera’s Orientalism, comedy and sultry elements go far beyond its original influence. The composer saw in the story of a Tsar, punished for his cowardice and despotism, an opportunity to employ satire to condemn Russia’s autocratic ruler, Nicholas II. This new production premiered in May 2021 and was staged by the Australian director, Barrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).

Daniele Rustioni has been principal conductor of Opéra National de Lyon since September 2017 and from the 2021–22 season has been principal guest conductor of the Munich Opera. His previous Naxos recordings featured the symphonies of Elisabetta Brusa (8573437, 8574263).

Of the stage direction, Bachtrack.com wrote that ‘Barrie Kosky rises to the challenge with dark wit spiced with surreal burlesque.’ It added that the role of Tsar Dodon was ‘Gloriously sung by Dmitry Ulyanov’ and wrote of Andrey Popov, in the role of the Astrologer: ‘It’s a stratospheric tenor role but Andrei Popov coped valiantly with its demands.’

Nina Minasyan as Queen of Shemakha ‘was the vocal star of the performance, negotiating the chromatic contours of the Queen’s Hymn to the Sun with aplomb, her sensual singing nuanced with an exquisite pianissimo and secure top notes; with a voice like that, she could wrap any monarch round her little finger’ (Bachtrack.com).

Cast:
- Tsar Dodon: Dmitry Ulyanov (bass)
- The Queen of Shemakha: Nina Minasyan (soprano)
- The Astrologer: Andrey Popov (tenor)
- Amelfa: Margarita Neksarova (mezzo-soprano)
- General Polkan: Mischa Schelomianski (bass)

Stage director: Barrie Kosky
Set designer: Rufus Didwiszus
Costume designer: Victoria Behr
Lighting designer: Franck Evin
Choreographer: Otto Pichler
Dramaturgy: Olaf A. Schmitt
Film director: François Roussillon

Picture format: HD 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: A, B, C

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