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Decembrists, The [ Dekabristï ]locked

  • Stephen Johnson

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Opera in four acts by Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin to a libretto by Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky after Alexey Tolstoy; Moscow, Bol’shoy Theatre, 23 June 1953.

The story of the Decembrist uprising in St Petersburg occupied Shaporin for most of his career, and he made several attempts at an opera on this theme. The first version, based on an idea by Alexey Tolstoy and begun in ...

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