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