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Photo: Bill Rafferty
English National Opera 2001, Tim Albery, dir

Prokofieff, Serge

War and Peace (1941/52)

Duration: 230 minutes
Lyric-dramatic scenes

Libretto by the composer and Mira Mendelson, after the novel by Tolstoy (R,E)

Scoring
lyrdramS,S,lowS,6M,4C,dramT,T,2highT,comicT,lowT,T(or Bar),hBar,hBar (or B),6Bar,2Bar(or B),3BBar,3hB,10B,lowB,2speakers,6silent roles; chorus 2.picc.2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc:tgl/wooden dr/tamb/SD/ BD/cyms/tam-t/glsp/xyl-harp-strings This work is represented by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK, British Commonwealth (excluding Canada), Republic of Ireland, mainland China, Korea and Taiwan.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the UK, the countries of the Commonwealth (excluding Canada), Republic of Ireland, mainland China, Korea and Taiwan.



World premiere incomplete
6/7/1945
Moscow
Conductor: Samuil Samosud
Company: USSR State Symphony Orchestra



World premiere complete
11/8/1957
Moscow
Conductor: Alexander Sharverdov
Company: Stanislavsky Opera Theatre



World stage premiere
6/12/1946
Leningrad
Conductor: Samuil Samosud
Company: Maly Opera Theatre



World premiere of version
4/1/1955
Leningrad
Conductor: Eduard Grikurov
Company: Leningrad State Academy Maly Opera Theatre

Roles

PRINCE ANDREI BOLKONSKYBaritone
NATALYA ROSTOVA (NATASHA)Soprano
SONYA, Natasha's cousinMezzo-Soprano
MARIA DMITRIEVNA AKHROSIMOVAContralto
COUNT ILYA ROSTOV, Natasha's fatherBass
COUNT PYOTR BEZUKHOV (PIERRE)Tenor
HELENE BEZUKHOVA, his wifeMezzo-Soprano
PRINCE ANATOL KURYAGIN, her brotherTenor
FEDYA DOLOKHOV, an officerBaritone
COLONEL VASSKA DENISOVBaritone
FIELD-MARSHAL PRINCE MIKHAIL KUTUZOVBass
NAPOLEON BONAPARTEBaritone
PLATON KARATAEV, an old soldierTenor
THE HOSTTenor
HIS MAJOR-DOMOTenor
MADAME PERONSKAYASoprano
THE TSARSilent
PRINCE NIKOLAI BOLKONSKY, Andrei's fatherBass-Baritone
HIS MAJOR-DOMOBaritone
AN OLD VALETBaritone
A HOUSEMAIDSoprano
PRINCESS MARYA BOLKONSKAYA, Andrei's sisterMezzo-Soprano
BALAGA, a troika driverBass
MATRIOSHA, a gypsyMezzo-Soprano
DUNYASHA, Natasha's maidSoprano
GAVRILA, Akhrosimova's butlerBass
METIVIER, a French doctorBaritone
A FRENCH ABBETenor
TIKHON SHERBATSKY, a partisanBaritone
VASILISAMezzo-Soprano
FYODOR, a partisanTenor
MATVEYEV, a MuscoviteBaritone
TWO PRUSSIAN GENERALSSpeaking roles
PRINCE ANDREI'S ORDERLYTenor
TWO RUSSIAN GENERALSSpeaking roles
KAIZAROV, aide-de-Camp to KutuzovTenor
ADJUTANT TO GENERAL COMPANSTenor
ADJUTANT TO MARSHAL MURATTreble
MARSHAL BERTHIERBaritone
MARQUIS DE CAULAINCOURTSilent role
GENERAL BELLIARDBaritone
ADJUTANT TO PRINCE EUGENETenor
AIDE-DE-CAMP TO NAPOLEONBass
OFF-STAGE ORDERLYTenor
MONSIEUR DE BEAUSSETTenor
GENERAL BENNIGSENBass
PRINCE MIKHAIL BARCLAY DE TOLLYTenor
GENERAL YERMOLOVBaritone
GENERAL KONOVNITSINTenor
GENERAL RAYEVSKYBaritone
CAPTAIN RAMBALLEBass
LIEUTENANT BONNETTenor
IVANOV, a MuscoviteTenor
CAPTAIN JACQUEAUBass
MARSHAL BERTHIER'S ADJUTANTTenor
MAVRA KUSMINICHNA, the Rostovs' housekeeperContralto
MARSHAL DAVOUTBass
A FRENCH OFFICERBaritone
THREE MADMENTenor, Baritone, Actor
TWO FRENCH ACTRESSESSopranos


Time and Place
Russia - Otradnoye, St Petersburg, Moscow, Borodino, Fili, near Smolensk, 1806-12


Synopsis

In 1809, the world-weary Prince Andrei Bolkonsky encounters the youthful Natasha Rostova, first in the country, then at a ball in St Petersburg. Enchanted, he asks for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately Natasha has also aroused the curiosity of the dissolute Anatol Kuragin. Old Prince Bolkonsky opposes his son’s marriage, on account of Natasha’s family’s poverty and low rank. Natasha is left humiliated and lonely. Anatol and his devious sister Hélène trick Natasha into believing that Anatol is in love with her. Staying with an elderly friend of the family in Moscow, she foolishly agrees to elope with Anatol and is only saved when the plan is betrayed by her cousin Sonia. The gentle Pierre Bezukhov, long-suffering husband of Hélène and close friend of Prince Andrei, explains to Natasha that Anatol is in fact married and that he himself is in love with her but, in despair, Natasha attempts suicide. Pierre forces Anatol to hand over incriminating letters and tells him to leave Moscow at once. News arrives of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. It is August 1812 and the Russian army under Field-Marshal Kutuzov is preparing to defend Moscow at the battle of Borodino. Andrei laments the waste of his life and especially the loss of Natasha. Pierre suspects that Andrei may not survive the battle. Napoleon is observed exulting in the conquest of Russia, but becomes nervous as the battle fortunes shift. Kutuzov urges the Russians to abandon Moscow, leaving it open to being sacked by the French. In the mayhem, Pierre is among those captured by the French. The mortally wounded Andrei is rescued by the Rostov family and is reconciled to Natasha, before death claims him. As the French retreat over the wintry countryside, Pierre and the other prisoners are freed by the liberating forces of Russia.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Society, Literary


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