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Mazeppa

Just a couple of years after Verdi presented his reworked Boccanegra, Tchaikovsky premiered an opera with remarkable similarities: Mazeppa too explores where personal and political overlap.

The setting though is entirely different, against a background of aspiring Ukrainian independence. No contemporary relevance there, then.

David Stout has been a GPO stalwart in recent seasons. He assumes the demanding title role, marshalling his Cossack troops.

At the heart of the opera lie the choices made by the love interest Mariya. As Wagner’s Isolde, soprano Rachel Nicholls proved fearless, vocally and dramatically. She now faces the challenge of Mariya’s gradual descent into madness.

This is a rare chance to hear Tchaikovsky’s rich, multi layered score.

An opera in 3 acts

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Libretto Victor Burenin, based on Pushkin’s poem Poltava

First performance 15 February 1884, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

UK première 6 August 1888, Liverpool

Cast & Creatives

MAZEPPA, leader of UkraineDAVID STOUT
KOCHUBEY, a landed gentleman ∙ ALEXANDER TELIGA
LYUBOV, his wife ∙ SARA FULGONI
MARIYA, their daughter ∙ RACHEL NICHOLLS
ANDREI, her childhood friend ∙ JOHN FINDON
ORLIK, Mazeppa’s henchman ∙ ANDRES JANKOWITSCH

CONDUCTOR ∙ MARTYN BRABBINS
DIRECTOR  ∙ DAVID POUNTNEY
DESIGNER  ∙ FRANCIS O’CONNOR
LIGHTING DESIGNER ∙ TIM MITCHELL

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