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Rimsky-Korsakov – Christmas Eve / Oper Frankfurt

Author: NAXOS Audiovisual Division

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical festive opera "Christmas Eve" staged by acclaimed director Christof Loy at the Oper Frankfurt.

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Opera in four acts (1894–95)
Libretto by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov based on the short story by Nikolay Gogol
Sung in Russian.

Composed using his own libretto, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov created this magical opera based on the short story by Nikolay Gogol ‘The Night before Christmas’ in which Vakula the handsome blacksmith wants to marry the rich farmer’s daughter Oksana, who in turn demands that he must first bring her the Tsarina’s shoes. Meanwhile a witch on her broomstick gathers the stars and the devil steals the moon – demonic forces trying to hinder this romantic union. There is little repertoire in musical theatre in which enchantment and enlightenment come together so happily as in Rimsky-Korsakov’s fairy-tale operas, and this Oper Frankfurt production was considered ‘a perfect seasonal tonic’ by the Financial Times.

Vakula – Georgy Vasiliev, tenor
Oksana – Julia Muzychenko, soprano
Solokha – Enkelejda Shkoza, mezzo-soprano
Chub – Alexey Tikhomirov, bass
Devil – Andrei Popov, tenor
Panas – Anthony Robin Schneider, bass

Chor der Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
Conductor – Sebastian Weigle

Stage Director – Christof Loy
Set Designer – Johannes Leiacker
Flight Choreographer – Ran Arthur Braun
Film Director – Myriam Hoyer

Filmed on 17, 19 December 2021 and 8 January 2022 at Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

[2.110738 / NBD0154V]
Total playing time: 153 minutes
Language: Russian · Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
DVD: NTSC 16:9 · PCM stereo and AC3 surround 5.1 · DVD 9
BD: HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1 · BD 50

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