Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Libretto: Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
Production: Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow and Macao International Music Festival
Conductor: Andrey Lebedev
Director: Julia Pevzner
Projections Designer: Yair Katznelson
Lighting Designer: Uri Morag
Soloists of the Novaya Opera Orchestra
Characters and Cast
Mozart Yaroslav Abaimov, Tenor
Salieri Vitaly Efanov, Bass
One of the most famous legends in classical music suggests that Antonio Salieri poisoned and killed his rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Although there is no real hard evidence to support this supposition, this outrageous tale of professional jealously and murder quickly reverberated in literature and music. The great Russian author Alexander Pushkin, for one, wrote one of his Little Tragedies on the subject just five years after Salieri’s death. But it was his compatriot Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov who first set the legend to music in 1897. Although the one-act opera Mozart and Salieri only has two characters, it is nevertheless a realistic psychological tragedy of intense proportions.
The Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow brings this gripping and mesmerising musical tale to life in Macao. Established in 1991 and headquartered in Moscow, it is one of the youngest and most vibrant opera theatres in Russia. The Novaya Opera is one of the finalists of the 2015 International Opera Awards. Don’t miss this intimate operatic masterpiece combining innovative projections which create stunning design effects, and stimulating stage effects with the consummately beautiful music of Rimsky- Korsakov.
Performed in Russian, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English
Duration: approximately 50 minutes, no interval
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