Le Coq D’or (The Golden Cockerel) – 8-10 July

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Le Coq D’or (The Golden Cockerel) – 8-10 July

Natalia Sats Moscow Opera and Ballet

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or

Tue 08 July 2014 - Thu 10 July 2014

London Coliseum

Originally premiered by SERGE DIAGHILEV

Performed by the orchestra, chorus, ballet and soloists from the Natalia Sats Moscow Opera and Ballet Theatre

Orchestra Conductor: Alevtina Ioffe

Performed in Russian with English subtitles

Three performances remaining 

Following two London seasons Andris Liepa’s Les Saisons Russes XXI Century return with performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera-ballet Le Coq D’Or based on Pushkin’s fairy tale.

‘The myth of Les Saisons Russes has been brought back to life for the 21st Century’ (Les Journal du Dimanche)

Rimsky-Korsakov’s final opera was first staged posthumously in 1914 by Diaghilev with choreography by Michel Fokine, designs by Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova. This new production was premiered in Moscow April 2013 and subsequently presented in Paris, and is lead by the renowned Russian director George Isaakyan. 

‘It is Musically Playful, and Charming’ (Kulturkompasset)

The billions of people watching the Sochi Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies saw tributes to Russia’s icons of literature, music, opera and ballet. This summer at the London Coliseum Les Saisons Russes du XX1 siècle stages a season of legendary works that honour three of the greatest, namely Sergei Diaghilev, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed masterpiece Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) was based on the last fairytale by Alexander Pushkin. It tells the story of the aged warrior Tsar Dodon who in a quest for peace in his kingdom consults a sorcerer. In return for a promise from the Tsar to grant him a wish, the sorcerer provides a Golden Cockerel to watch over the kingdom. Dire consequences ensue when the Tsar breaks his promise.

Performed by the Orchestra, Chorus, Ballet and soloists from The Natalia Sats Moscow State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Maris Liepa Charitable Foundation with the support of Russian Federation Ministry of Culture. Original set design by Natalia Goncharova.