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Snow Maiden, The [Snegurochka]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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Springtime tale (vesennyaya skazka) in a prologue and four acts by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov to his own libretto after the ‘springtime fairy-tale’ by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (1873); St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 29 January/10 February 1882.

Although it is seldom remarked, Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic tale of nature made animate is every bit as entitled as Dargomïzhsky’s ...

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