GOGOL. Opera in 3 Acts

  • PROLOG
  • ACT I
    • Overture – Scene 1: Lullaby for the Moon
    • Scene 2: In Thy Image
    • Scene 3: Do Not Rest in Peace
  • ACT II
    • Scene 4: The Nymph
  • ACT III
    • Scene 5: Running From Oneself
    •  Scene 6: Market of Brides
    • Scene 7: Gogol’s Trial
  • EPILOG

YEAR: 2010

DURATION: 135′

LIBRETTO BY: Lera Auerbach (in Russian)

SCORING: 2(=picc,afl).1(=corA).2(=bcl).asax.2(=dbn)-2.2.2(btrbn).1-timp-perc:crot/tpl.bl/flex/BD/tam-t/t.bells/vibr/marimba-hp-cel-pft-str – children choir, mixed choir
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DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Nikolai Gogol (dramatic baritone) – Bes (dramatic tenor) – Poshlust / Witch (dramatic soprano) – Death (dramatic contralto) – Maria / Gogol’s mother / Bride No. 1 (full lyric soprano) – Nikolka (boy soprano) – Priest / Herr Doktor / Voice of Vij (dramatic basso profondo) – Bride No. 2 / Voice of Nymph (dramatic coloratura soprano) – Prosecutor / Advocate (bass-baritone/falsetto) – Judge (countertenor) – Bride No. 3 (contralto) Observers, Noses, Gogol Doubles, Mourners, Brides, Children (choir) – Violinist, Nymph, Gogol‘s demons, Mermaids, Brides, Noses (dancers)

PUBLISHER: This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes / Sikorski

COMMISSION: Commissioned by Theater an der Wien with the support of the Vienna Mozart Year 2006 and patronage by Viacheslav Sheianov in honor of Raisa Sheianova

WORLD PREMIERE: 15 November 2011, Vienna
Martin Winkler (Gogol) – Ladislav Elgr (Bes) – Natalia Ushakova (Poshlust) – Stella Grigorian (Death) – Tatiana Plotnikova (Maria) – Sebastian Schaffer (Nikolka) – Deyan Vatchkov (Priest) – Anna Gorbachyova (Bride No. 2) – Maria Peniaz (Nymph) – Falko Hönisch (Prosecutor) – Tim Severloh (Judge) – Iwona Sakowicz (Bride No. 3) – Christine Mielitz (director) – Johannes Leiacker (stage designer) – Arila Siegert (choreographer) – Kaspar Glarner (costumes) – ORF-Radiosymphnieorchester Wien – Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor) – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Grazer Kapellknaben, Mozartknabenchor Wien

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