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.
Once upon a time in Russia, the Tsar Dodon, who is tired of wars and wishes to have some rest, is visited by an astrologer from the East. The latter offers him a magic golden cockerel that is able to predict invasions. Enchanted and thankful, the Tsar Dodon offers to grant him a wish. At the end of a battle, the Tsar meets the victor, the Queen of Shemakha, who has become, despite her military threat, the object of the Tsar’s affection. At this very moment, the astrologer appears to grant his wish: to marry the Queen…
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and his librettist Vladimir I. Bielski based their satiric opera on a fairy-tale by Alexander Pushkin. Despite the magical setting, the opera was banned from the theatres for its anti-royalist plot. Rimsky-Korsakov did not live to see his last opera performed on stage.
After the successful stagings of CENDRILLON and DON QUICHOTTE, Laurent Pelly returns to direct THE GOLDEN COQUEREL, his third opera for La Monnaie. Alain Altinoglu will make his debut as La Monnaie’s new Music Director conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s rousing score.
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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.