Other Plays by Sergei Rachmaninov
Other Plays by Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
Rachmaninov, Sergei (Russian playwright and composer, April 1, 1873 [O.S. March 20]–March 28, 1943), and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (Russian director, librettist, pedagogue, playwright, writer, December 11(23), 1858-April 25, 1943), “Aleko,”
a __-minute opera in Russian, set in Russia, 1893.
© 1893 by Sergei Rachmaninov;
• in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Aleko (______, Russia: Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, ____);
• script/rights available in public domain.
Aleko (m baritone), __, upper class; An Old Man (m bass), old, Zemfira's father; Zemfira (f soprano), __, gypsy; Young Gypsy (m tenor), __, thought to be Zemfira's lover; Gypsy Woman (f contralto), __, _______.
Weary of his boring upper-class life, Aleko runs off with a band of Gypsies. He moves in with Zemfira, a young gypsy, and she bears him a child. The Old Gypsy, Zemfira's father, warns Aleko not to become too possessive of Zemfira. However, Aleko kills both Zemfira and the man he thinks is her lover. The Gypsies cast him out and disown him.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleko_(opera)
• Chorus of silent gypsies.
• Principal arias and numbers
* Men's Dance * The Young Gypsy's Romance * Aleko's Cavatina
• Like Rachmaninov's two other operas, Aleko shows Rachmaninov finding his own individual style, independent of the traditional number opera or Wagner's music-dramas. Michael Bukinik, a contemporary of Rachmaninov at the conservatory, recalled the rehearsals for the opera: "I was a pupil of the orchestra class, and during the rehearsals, we not only admired, but were made happy and proud by his daring harmonies, and were ready to see in him a reformer." Geoffrey Norris has noted criticism of the opera as lacking in dramatic momentum and the libretto as being a hastily crafted "hotchpotch". A contemporary critic in the Moskovskiye vedomosti wrote of the opera at the time of the premiere: "Of course there are faults, but they are far outweighed by merits, which lead one to expect much from this young composer in the future."--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleko_(opera)
• Selected recordings
* Melodiya: I. Petrov, N. Pokrovskaya, A. Orfenov, A. Ognivtzev, V. Zlatogorova; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra; Nikolai Golovanov, conductor * Saison Russe: Vladimir Matorine, Natalia Erassova, Viatchslav Potchapski, Vitaly Tarastchenko, Galina Borissova; Russian State Choir; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Andrei Chistiakov, conductor
• Page mounted July 22, 2009, by the site Webmaster.
boredom, gypsy, murder, opera, ostracism, possessiveness.