Pushkin-based operas

Wed Jun 29, 2005 3:26 pm
I have found 22 operas based upon Pushkin’s poems, stories and dramas:

Cui’s The Captive of the Caucasus, A Feast in the Time of Plaque and The
Captain’s Daughter;
Dargomyzhky’s Rusalka, The Triumph of Bacchus, The Stone Guest and
Winter Night (from “The Snowstorm”);
Glinka’s Ruslan and Liudmila;
Halevy’s La Dame du pique;
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov;
Napravnik’s Dubrovsky;
Rachmaninov’s Aleko (from “The Gypsies”) and The Covetous Knight;
Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Mozart and Salieri and The
Golden Cockerel;
Stravinsky’s Mavra (from “The Little House at Komna”);
Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa (from “Poltava”), Eugene Onegin and The Queen of
Spades;
von Suppe’s Pique dame;
Zajc’s Lizinka (from “Mistress into Maid”).

Far more than Schiller, Gutierez or Goethe and as far as I know he is second only to Shakespeare.

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~ by severalfourmany on June 29, 2005.

2 Responses to “Pushkin-based operas”

  1. Wed Jun 29, 2005 3:36 pm
    Here’s a Pushkin fairy tale that looks like it would make a good opera—”The Tale of Tsar Sultan.”

  2. Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:41 pm
    How could I forget! Rimsky-Korsakov wrote an opera, The Tale of Tsar Sultan, based upon that story. In general I do like his fairy tale operas, but they tend to blur together after a while. However there is one thing that is stands out about this one. It the source for the all too famous “Flight of the Bumblebees.”

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