Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is a fanciful fairytale, yet at the same time a parable on repression and political conceit. The peasant girl Fevroniya’s prayer that the city of Kitezh becomes invisible, thus protecting it from Tatar attack, is magically heeded. The girl herself, however, is captured by the invaders. The leitmotifs and highly expressive musical tone-painting tell the story, based on a pantheist world view, almost on their own. Grand crowd scenes contrast with a internal treatment similar to the music dramas of Richard Wagner. Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the dramatic staging comes from the renowned Russian director, Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Fevroniya Svetlana Ignatovich
Grishka Kuterma John Daszak
Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich Vladimir Vaneev
Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich Maxim Aksenov
Bedyay Ante Jerkunica
Burunday Vladimir Ognovenko
Fyodor Poyarok Alexey Markov
Page Mayram Sokolova
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Netherlands Opera
Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
Conductor Marc Albrecht
Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2012
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