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Sorochyntsy FairNew Production

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Komische Oper Berlin
Henrik NánásiConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Katrin Lea TagSet Designer, Costume Designer
Tom Erik LieBaritoneChernobog (the devil)
Jens LarsenBassCherevik
Agnes ZwierkoMezzo-sopranoKhivrya
Mirka WagnerMezzo-sopranoParasya
Alexander LewisTenorGritsko
Ivan TuršićTenorAfanasiy Ivanovich
Hans GröningBaritoneThe gypsy
Diego LeetzLighting Designer
Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

Drinking songs, dances, folk tales and a wild witches' sabbath – the people as an effervescing source of energy serve as incredibly headstrong victims at the heart of Mussorgski's fast-paced and mercurial plot. Left uncompleted by the composer, this comical and grotesque masterpiece could only be premièred many years after Mussorgski's death. Last performed at the Komische Oper, and thus Berlin, in 1948, it is now set to reappear in a new production by head director Barrie Kosky.

The fairytale of a dipsomaniac devil who searches for a red frock drives terror into the hearts of the superstitious inhabitants and travelers in the small Ukrainian village of Sorochyntsi, including the farmer Cherevik. His daughter Parasya loves Gritsko the peasant lad, but is not allowed to marry him because her quarrelsome stepmother Khivrya, who makes her husband Cherevik's life a misery, thinks that a humble peasant lad is too poor a match. But anyone who knows how to use superstition to their advantage will get what they want, with our without the devil ...

»Simple events« in a loose, causally unconnected sequence fill Mussorgski's unfinished opera with rich, folkloric vibrancy. He achieves this effect by not only drawing on folk songs and dances, but also spreading their musical fabric across the entire composition. He also takes his orchestral fantasy Night on Bald Mountain from 1867 and expands it into a choral piece, inserting it as a dream dreamt by the peasant lad Gritsko. Several composers have tried to turn Mussorgski's material into a performable work. The most recently published version, by Lamm/Shebalin in 1932, seems to come closest to the composer's intentions. It does not seek to smooth things over, instead paying tribute to the »unpolished« character of the work.

Ticket prices: 12 - 76 €

Sorochyntsy Fair ensemble © Monika Rittershaus
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