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Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Company: Bolshoi Opera
MAZEPPA, Captain of the Ukrainian Cossacks
KOTCHUBEI, a rich landowner
LYUBOV, Kotchubei's wife
MARIYA, Kotchubei's daughter
ANDREI, an old friend of Mariya
ORLIK, Mazeppa's confidante and secret agent
ISKRA, senior of Poltava and Kotchubei's friend
A drunken Cossack
Young girls, Cossacks, guests, Kotchubei's servants, Mazeppa's bodyguards, monks, executioners
Time and Place
Early 18th century, Little Russia
Mazeppa pays Kotchubei a visit and asks him for the hand of his daughter Mariya. The old lord refuses indignantly and does not let himself be intimidated by threats. Mariya, who is in love with Mazeppa, sadly follows the Cossack leader, giving up her family and leaving Andrei, an admirer whom she just refused. Kotchubei gets his revenge by telling the tsar that Mazeppa is planning an uprising against him in order to liberate the Ukraine, with the help of the Swedes. The tsar does not believe him and hands him over to the Cossack leader. When Kotchubei, after a good deal of torturing, is about to be executed, Mariya and her mother arrive to save the convict. The first thing they see, though, is the axe falling. Eventually, the rebellion is crushed by the tsar. Mazeppa escapes, Andrei is killed by the Cossack leader and Mariya goes insane...