Of the three sisters aspiring to marry Tsar Saltan, it is the youngest, Militrissa, that wins him over with her modesty and beauty. She is soon pregnant with their first child. Green with jealousy, her two sisters devise a plot with the old Babarikha to take their revenge on her. They make Saltan, who has gone to war, believe that Militrissa has given birth to a monster. Furious, the tsar orders his wife and son to be shut up in a barrel and thrown into the sea …
Inspired by this tale, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote one of the most dazzling scores in the repertoire. His music abounds in colourful melodies, including the inimitable ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’, and his mastery of orchestration highlights each instrument. In 2019 La Monnaie presented a deeply moving production of this opera, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Beautifully animated sequences showed the imaginary world of a young boy trying to cope with his parents’ divorce. An unforgettable show that will return in December under the baton of Timur Zangiev.
Are you under 30? Then attend this opera on the 'Young Opera' night (15.12.2023) and enjoy a free reception and exclusive introduction.
Start ticket sale 6.10.2023
Sung in Russian
Surtitles in Dutch and French
1h20' + intermission 25' + 1h05'
Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance: in Dutch by Pieter Mannaerts (Grand Foyer) and in French by Charles-Henry Boland (Bonbonnière)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan
Opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto by Vladimir Belsky based on the poem of the same name by Alexander Pushkin
Premiere Solodovnikov Theatre, Moscow, 3.11.1900
ConductorTIMUR ZANGIEV Director & Set DesignerDMITRI TCHERNIAKOV
Costume DesignerELENA ZAYTSEVA Art Director Video & LightingGLEB FILSHTINSKY Chorus MasterEMMANUEL TRENQUE
Tsar SaltanANTE JERKUNICA Tsaritsa MilitrisaSVETLANA AKSENOVA TkatchikhaSTINE MARIE FISCHER PovarikhaBERNARDA BOBRO BabarikhaCAROLE WILSON Tsarevitch GvidonBOGDAN VOLKOV Tsarevna Swan-Bird / LyebyedOLGA KULCHYNSKA Old manEVGENY AKIMOV Skomorokh / ShipmanALEXANDER VASSILIEV Messenger / ShipmanNICKY SPENCE ShipmanALEXANDER KRAVETS
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux
Production LA MONNAIE
Coproduction TEATRO REAL (Madrid)
With support from LOTERIE NATIONALE