Rimsky-Korsakov THE LEGEND OF THE INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH (DNO)
Svetlana Ignatovich (Fevroniya); John Daszak (Grishka Kuterma); Vladimir Vaneev (Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich); Maxim Aksenov (Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich); Ante Jerkunica (Bedyay); Vladimir Ognovenko (Burunday); Alexey Markov (Fyodor Poyarok); Mayram Sokolova (Page); Dmitri Tcherniakov (Director); Marc Albrecht (Conductor);
Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is a fanciful fairytale, yet at the same time a parable on repression and political conceit. The peasant girl Fevroniya’s prayer that the city of Kitezh becomes invisible, thus protecting it from Tatar attack, is magically heeded. The girl herself, however, is captured by the invaders. The leitmotifs and highly expressive musical tone-painting tell the story, based on a pantheist world view, almost on their own. Grand crowd scenes contrast with a internal treatment similar to the music dramas of Richard Wagner. Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the dramatic staging comes from the renowned Russian director, Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Fevroniya Svetlana IgnatovichGrishka Kuterma John DaszakPrince Yuriy Vsevolodovich Vladimir VaneevPrince Vsevolod Yuryevich Maxim AksenovBedyay Ante JerkunicaBurunday Vladimir OgnovenkoFyodor Poyarok Alexey MarkovPage Mayram Sokolova
Netherlands Philharmonic OrchestraChorus of Netherlands OperaDirector Dmitri TcherniakovConductor Marc Albrecht
Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2012
"Opera" (…Svetlana Ignatovich’s soprano rode the orchestra here with ease, singing with an appealing Slavonic glint (but never edge) and warmth)
"Opera" (Marc Albrecht...did a magnificent job stamping his mark on the long score and drawing warm playing from the very start, where melting wind solos spun their lines over a cushion of strings...)