Chronology of Opera Performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, 1860-1917 (2 Book Set)
|Author: ||Fryer, Paul|
Compiled by an Anglo-Russian research team over a four-year period, the chronology has drawn on contemporary records in the archives of the Mariinsky itself, the newspaper archives in the Russian National Library in St Petersburg and material held in the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music: the vast majority of this material has never appeared in English-translation prior to the current publication.
“. . . the first, essential tool towards research on this extraordinary institution, which for so long was the centre of Russia’s artistic life. The strength of this publication is the amount of new data it provides. With its comprehensive records about works, composers, performers and artists, the chronology illuminates the interaction of Westerners and Russians towards the establishment of Russian opera. This interaction between the two cultures was particularly fertile during the artistic career of Eduard Napravnik, the Mariinsky’s chief conductor for nearly fifty years (1868-1916), a period entirely covered by the chronology.” – Dr. Noelle Mann, Goldsmiths University of London
“Much research has been undertaken producing significant publications on opera houses in the USA. South America and Western Europe. detailed histories are based on the day-to-day chronologies indicating when operas were performed and the singers undertaking the major roles.
Until now there has been nothing comparable for the major opera houses in Eastern Europe. The most serious gap has been Russia. Its operatic tradition dates back almost two hundred years and encompasses both composition and performance. Russian operas form a significant part of the international repertoire, whilst Russian singers have forged major careers both in their own country and abroad.
This book represents an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of operatic history.” – Prof. Stanley Hertig,
Managing Director, Historic Masters Ltd.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Rosamund Barlett
Part One: 1860-1870
Part Two: 1870-1880
Part Three: 1880-1890
Part Four: 1890-1900
Part Five: 1900-1910
Part Six: 1910-1917
Index of Proper Names
Index of Titles
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