St Petersburg, Mariinsky II

The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
 The Maid of Pskov 

one act opera

Performed in Russian (the performance will have synchronised Russian and English supertitles)
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175


Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Boyar Ivan Semyonovich Sheloga: Dmitry Grigoriev
Vera Dmitriyevna: Yekaterina Goncharova
Nadezhda Nasonova: Svetlana Kapicheva
Prince Yuri Ivanovich Tokmakov: Anton Perminov
Vlasyevna: Olga Savova

Age category 12+


Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov after the drama by Lev Mey

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Stage Director: Yuri Laptev
Sets and costumes: Pyotr Okunev
Video Designer: Vadim Dulenko
Lighting Designer: Yegor Kartashov
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva

Sets and costumes by Fyodor Fyodorovsky from opera The Maid of Pskov (production by Yuri Laptev)


Prologue The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
Nobleman Ivan Sheloga of Pskov has gone to war. His wife, Vera, gave birth to daughter Olga in his absence. Vera’s sister, Nadezhda, discusses with her nanny Vlasevna why her beautiful sister is so gloomy and sad. They talk of Nadezhda’s fiancé, Prince Yuri Tokmakov, returning home soon. They hear Vera singing a lullaby to her daughter. While the baby is asleep, the woman reveals a terrible secret to her sister – her baby is not her husband’s daughter. She is ready to hand him an axe to atone for her sin. Vera tells the story of how she went to pray to the Pechersky Monastery and got lost, how she could not refuse the advances of her saviour, “one of the boyars,” whom she fell in love with, how he left her and married Nastasya Romanova. They hear horn calls. Ivan Sheloga enters with Prince Tokmakov. Vera is confused and asks him not to hurt her child. Her bewildered husband asks whose baby is that. Nadezhda falls to her knees and screams: “Mine!”

Premiere of this production: 18 March 2019, Mariinsky-2, St Petersburg

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