THE GOLDEN COCKEREL is a political satire in a setting in Russia. Rimsky-Korsakov’s music mixes elements of folklore and oriental influence. Laurent Pelly’s production at La Monnaie is sure to draw out the spectacular in this timeless story.
Composers of Russia
You automatically think of Italy when someone speaks of opera? Rossini, Verdi and Puccini? But how about Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov and Shostakovich?
The 19th century is without any doubt the Golden Age of opera – in Russia as well as in Western and Central Europe. Mikhail Glinka writes RUSLAN AND LYUDMILA and Modest Mussorgsky composes BORIS GODUNOV and KHOVANSHCHINA, while Piotr Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov create unforgettable operas based on texts by Alexander Pushkin: EUGENE ONEGIN and THE QUEEN OF SPADES, as well as MOZART AND SALIERI and THE GOLDEN COCKEREL.
On the verge of the 20th century – in the last days of the Tsarist Empire and in the troubled times of the Russian Revolution – young composers such as Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Dmitri Shostakovich turn towards new soundscapes, their music reaching the public of Paris, London and New York.
One morning, Major Kovalov discovers his nose has gone missing. A desperate nose-hunt ensues. Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney....
Shostakovich's subversive opera directed for stage by Martin Kušej in a landmark production from 2006 to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek leads the cast as the tragic heroine driven to crime by boredom and despair.
After CENDRILLON and DON QUICHOTTE, Laurent Pelly returns to la Monnaie in Brussels for the third time with a magical plot: THE GOLDEN COCKEREL. In our interview, the French stage director talks about the radiant attraction of Russian tales and the magic of fairy-tales.
Behind the clouds you will find the symphonic orchestra of Piotr Tchaikovsky… Listen to the sound of each instrument and discover its history…. Enjoy picking out the instruments from the same family and guessing where the strings, wind instruments and percussion are hiding! Have you ever seen a celesta...? Each of Tchaikovsky’s instruments from THE NUTCRACKER is waiting for you. You can discover other musical games and the story of THE NUTCRACKER in this app: THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING.