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date: 18 November 2019

Maid of Pskov, The [Pskovityanka]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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Opera in three acts, op.4, by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov to his own libretto after the drama by Lev Alexandrovich Mey (with additional text by Vsevolod Krestovsky and Modest Petrovich Musorgsky); St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 1/13 January 1873 (revised version, St Petersburg, Panayev Theatre, 6/18 April 1895; standard version, with prologue, Moscow, Bol’shoy Theatre, 10/23 October 1901).

Rimsky-Korsakov began work on this, his first opera, in 1868; it was completed in 1872, dedicated ‘To my dear Musical Circle’ (i.e. the Balakirev circle or ‘Mighty Kuchka’) and given in St Petersburg at the beginning of 1873 under Eduard Nápravník, with Osip Petrov as Ivan, Yuliya Platonova as Olga, Ivan Mel’nikov as Tokmakov and Dar’ya Leonova as Vlas’yevna. He revised it in 1876–7, but this version was never published or performed (some of the music was salvaged as incidental music to the original play and given in 1882...

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