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16 May 2017 (Tue), 19:00 World famous Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Stars of the Stars  Opera Sergei Prokofiev "Betrothal in a Monastery" (lyrical comic opera in four acts, nine scenes)

Running time: 3 hours 35 minutes (till 22:35)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Book tickets for this performance Ticket prices before the discount: from US$ 133 to US$ 175 per ticket


Schedule for Sergei Prokofiev "Betrothal in a Monastery" (lyrical comic opera in four acts, nine scenes) 2017

Tenor: Yevgeny Akimov

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Musical Preparation: Marina Mishuk
Stage Director: Vladislav Pazi
Piano: Anatoly Kuznetsov

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

Opera in 4 acts

Performed in Russian the performance will have synchronised English supertitles

Premiere of this production: 14 September 1996, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

"Betrothal in a Monastery is not just a magnificent production, it is a brilliant operatic work as well… It is a unique blend of Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, and in terms of energy and glitter Prokofiev’s music is close to the operas of Rossini. It is clear that both the company and maestro Gergiev love this work… The opera “looks a million dollars”, which, indeed, is not so very far from the truth. If that is true, then the Mariinsky Theatre has spent its money wisely!"
Dallas Morning News

Libretto by the composer and Mira Mendelson, after the play The Duenna by Richard Brinsley Sheridan


•First performance in Russia (USSR): 3 November 1946, Kirov Opera, Leningrad (St Petersburg);


SYNOPSIS

ACT I

In 18th-century Seville Don Jerome arranges to marry his daughter Louisa to Mendoza, an ugly but very rich old fish merchant who has not seen the girl but is enthusiastic. He hears the penniless Antonio serenading Louisa and vows that the wedding must take place soon.

ACT II

Louise´s duenna hatches a plan that will allow Louisa to marry Antonio and herself to snare Mendoza and his money: Don Jerome must believe that the duenna is acting as a go-between for the lovers; he will then dismiss her but Louisa will put on the duenna´s clothes, escape and elope with Antonio. The duenna, disguised as Louisa, will marry Mendoza instead. Having escaped, Louisa comes across her friend Clara who, feigning distress at her lover´s over-ardent behavior (her lover is Louisa´s brother Ferdinand), has decided to take refuge in a monastery. Disguised, this time as Clara, Louisa enlists Mendoza´s help in finding Antonio – the merchant is only too pleased to divert his rival´s attentions away from Louisa (as he thinks). At Don Jerome´s house Mendoza meets "Louisa" (the duenna); he is won over by her flattery and the couple plan to elope.

ACT III

Antonio meets the real Louisa and Mendoza, still ignorant of her identity, smiles on young love. Don Jerome, interrupted in his amateur music making, unwittingly blesses the separate marriages of Louisa and Mendoza. At the concert Clara pines for Ferdinand.

ACT IV

A visit from Mendoza and Antonio interrupts the alcoholic revelry of the monks at the monastery. Ferdinand also arrives and, believing that Antonio is about to marry Clara, stars a fight. Confusions are resolved and the monks bless all three marriages. At the wedding ball planned for Louisa, Don Jerome learns of the turn of events and is eventually reconciled to them; his daughter has married a pauper, but Ferdinand has married an heiress.



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Schedule for Sergei Prokofiev "Betrothal in a Monastery" (lyrical comic opera in four acts, nine scenes) 2017


Mariinsky Opera - "Betrothal in a Monastery" Quartet
 
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Prokofiev, Betrothal in a Monastery, 1998 Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), Gergiev. Luisa - A. Netrebko, Don Antonio - Ye. Akimov, Mendoza - S. Aleksashkin, Don Carlos - Yu. Shkliar


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