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Electrification of the Soviet Union, Thelocked

  • Gerald Larner

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Opera in two acts by Nigel Osborne to a libretto by Craig Raine after Boris Pasternak’s novel The Last Summer and his poem Spectorsky; Glyndebourne, 5 October 1987.

Based on two autobiographical works by Pasternak, the opera is about a young poet, Serezha Spectorsky (high baritone), his love for two women – a governess, Anna Arild (soprano), and a prostitute, Sashka (soprano) – his efforts to come to terms as an artist with war and revolution, and his ultimately exclusive concern for his own genius. The opera shuttles backwards and forwards in time between ...

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