The Golden Cockerel

Aix-en-Provence, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence, France
Theatre de l'Archeveche
Thu 02 July 22:00
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Synopsis

“Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! You can sleep peacefully!” Through this clarion call, a golden cockerel, given by an astrologer-magician, calms Tsar Dodon: the borders of his kingdom are not in danger. “Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! Watch out! Wake up!” This time, the bird announces an invader, forcing the ruler to go to war… and fall into the arms of an enticing stranger. Picking up on the irony inherent in Pushkin’s tale, Rimsky-Korsakov constructs his last opera as a satire aimed against the tsarist regime. He does so by deploying all the pop of a resplendent orchestra, invigorating choruses, heady melodies, and exotic harmonies. Moreover, stage director Barrie Kosky recognizes in this fascinating fable the memory of Shakespeare and a sense of the Theatre of the Absurd, and creates a fantastical parade-like production that is entertaining even in its despair.

Credits

Conductor

Aziz Shokhakimov

Stage Director

Barrie Kosky

Stage Designer

Rufus Didwiszus

Costume Designer

Victoria Behr

Lighting Designer

Franck Evin

Choreographer

Otto Pichler

Dramaturge

Olaf A. Schmitt

Tsar Dodon

Dmitry Ulyanov

Queen of Chemakha

Sabine Devieilhe*

Astrologer

Andrei Popov

Tsarevich Aphron

Huw Montague Rendall

Tsarevich Gvidon

Oleksiy Palchykov

Polkan

Mischa Schelomianski

Amelfa

Margarita Nekrasova

Golden Cockerel

Michael John Harper

Golden Cockerel's Voice

Anna Denisova

Chorus and Orchestra

Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon

* former artist of the Académie

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  • Synopsis

    “Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! You can sleep peacefully!” Through this clarion call, a golden cockerel, given by an astrologer-magician, calms Tsar Dodon: the borders of his kingdom are not in danger. “Cockle-doo, cockle-doodle-doo! Watch out! Wake up!” This time, the bird announces an invader, forcing the ruler to go to war… and fall into the arms of an enticing stranger. Picking up on the irony inherent in Pushkin’s tale, Rimsky-Korsakov constructs his last opera as a satire aimed against the tsarist regime. He does so by deploying all the pop of a resplendent orchestra, invigorating choruses, heady melodies, and exotic harmonies. Moreover, stage director Barrie Kosky recognizes in this fascinating fable the memory of Shakespeare and a sense of the Theatre of the Absurd, and creates a fantastical parade-like production that is entertaining even in its despair.

  • Credits

    Conductor

    Aziz Shokhakimov

    Stage Director

    Barrie Kosky

    Stage Designer

    Rufus Didwiszus

    Costume Designer

    Victoria Behr

    Lighting Designer

    Franck Evin

    Choreographer

    Otto Pichler

    Dramaturge

    Olaf A. Schmitt

    Tsar Dodon

    Dmitry Ulyanov

    Queen of Chemakha

    Sabine Devieilhe*

    Astrologer

    Andrei Popov

    Tsarevich Aphron

    Huw Montague Rendall

    Tsarevich Gvidon

    Oleksiy Palchykov

    Polkan

    Mischa Schelomianski

    Amelfa

    Margarita Nekrasova

    Golden Cockerel

    Michael John Harper

    Golden Cockerel's Voice

    Anna Denisova

    Chorus and Orchestra

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon

    * former artist of the Académie

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