The Golden Cockerel at the La Monnaie Theatre
The Golden Cockerel at the La Monnaie Theatre The Golden Cockerel at the La Monnaie Theatre The Golden Cockerel at the La Monnaie Theatre
The Golden Cockerel at the La Monnaie Theatre
Duration: 01:57:53"


Composers of Russia

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.


Pavlo Hunka - Tsar Dodon
Alexey Dolgov - Tsarevich Gvidon
Alexander Vassiliev - General Polkan
Agnes Zwierko - Amelfa, the stewardess
Alexander Kravets - Astrologer
Venera Gimadieva - The Queen of Shemakha
Konstantin Shushakov - Tsarevich Afron
Sheva Tehoval - Golden Cockerel (singer)
Sarah Demarthe - Golden Cockerel (dancer)
John Manning, Marcel Schmitz - Boyars
Marc Coulon - Man of the people
Composer - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto - Vladimir I. Bielski
Conductor - Alain Altinoglu Director and costumes - Laurent Pelly Decoration - Barbara de Limburg Lighting - Joël Adam Choreographer - Lionel Hoche Collaboration on costumes - Jean-Jacques Delmotte Chorus master - Martino Faggiani Orchestra - Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie Académie des choeurs de la Monnaie s.l.d. Benoît Giaux Production La Monnaie/De Munt, Coproduction Teatro Real (Madrid) et Opera national de Lorraine (Nancy) Realisation - Myriam Hoyer Photos: ®Baus _ De Munt La Monnaie

Available until

22 June 2017 at 23h59 CET


The Opera Platform presents Rimsky-Korsakov – THE GOLDEN COCKEREL from La Monnaie. Starting 12 January 2017 at 13h31 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


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La Monnaie: Le Coq d'or

"The Tale is a Mask"

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.