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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (The) (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2008) (NTSC)


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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (The) (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2008) (NTSC)

The Invisible City of Kitezh, completed in 1905, is a remarkable opera that fuses folklore, mysticism and realism. Its subject is the story of the advancing Mongol army’s entry to Great Kitezh and the city’s subsequent miraculous survival. Rejecting archaisms and the more religiously inclined suggestions of his librettist, Rimsky-Korsakov sought to create an opera that “is contemporary and even fairly advanced”. It is therefore through-composed, hinting at times at Wagnerian procedure, and flooded with the composer’s rich, apt and brilliant orchestral palette, fully supportive of the powerful vocal writing.

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov


Opera in 4 Acts. Sung in Russian
Libretto by Vladimir I. Belsky

Prince Yuri VsevolodovichMikhail Kazakov
Hereditary prince Vsevolod YuryevichVitaly Panfilov
FevronyaTatiana Monogarova
Grishka KutermaMikhail Gubsky
Fyodor PoyarokGevorg Hakobyan
PageMarika Gulordava
Two notables – Gianluca Floris, Marek Kalbus
BedyayValery Gilmanov
BurundayAlexander Naumenko

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
(chorus master: Fulvio Fogliazza)
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor

Eimuntas Nekrošius, stage director
Marius Nekrošius, set designer
Nadezhda Gultiayeva, costume designer
Audrius Jankauskas, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia, 2 and 4 May 2008


Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0 / DTS 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English
Running time: 187 mins
No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 5 + DVD 9)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich

Belsky, Vladimir Nikolayevich

Vedernikov, Alexander

Cagliari Teatro Lirico Orchestra

Cagliari Teatro Lirico Chorus

Floris, Gianluca; Gilmanov, Valery; Gubsky, Mikhail; Gulordava, Marika; Hakobyan, Gevorg; Kalbus, Marek; Kazakov, Mikhail; Monogarova, Tatiana; Naumenko, Alexander; Panfilov, Vitaly

Label: Naxos

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 2.110277-78

Barcode: 747313527755

Physical Release: 12/2011

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