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Main | Archive | Issue 6/2008

May Night of Mikhail Pletnev
Column: The Arts

At the Arkhangelskoye Museum-estate near Moscow a concert version of the rarely staged opera May Night by N. Rimsky-Korsakov was performed for the first time. This opera is based on the mysterious fairy-tale with that title by N. Gogol. In accordance with the title, the performance was held at night on May 28.

Maestro Mikhail Pletnev is known for his love of Russian classical operas. He risked holding the performance outdoors and was, evidently, satisfied with his experiment. The Russian National Orchestra sounded great and the singers, especially Nikolai Baskov, fully justified Pletnevs hopes. The narrator, Avangard Leontyev, was very impressive in his rendering of Gogols text.

In the audience there were quite a few VIPs: Naina Yeltsina, Alla Pugacheva, Maxim Galkin, Gennady Seleznyov, Alexander Gafin, Vladimir Shevchenko, Irina Prokhorova and other prominent people.

Opera fans who were not lucky enough to be at the unique premiere at Arkhangelskoye hope to see and hear it in one of the concert halls.

The performance of May Night was sponsored by the Royal Thai Cuisine Restaurant Blue Elephant, which is rightly called a branch of the conservatory.


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