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Bohdan Khmel’nyts’kylocked

  • Virko Baley

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Opera in four acts by Kostyantyn Fedorovych Dan′kevych to a libretto by V. Vasylevska after Olexander Korniychuk’s play; Kiev, Shevchenko Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, 29 January 1951.

The opera (composed 1948–50) was conceived both to bring attention to the ‘heroic struggle’ of Ukrainian peasants against the Polish aristocracy in the 17th century and to show the eternal union and ‘friendship of the Ukrainian and Russian peoples’ through the historical figure Het’man Bohdan Khmel’nyts’ky (baritone); it was based on the well-known play by Korniychuk, at that time one of the most popular playwrights of the Soviet Union. However, the end of World War II did not bring about the hoped-for lessening of political pressures on opera composers in the Soviet Union, and ...

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