Charodeyka (The Enchantress)

Opera in four acts (1887)
Music by Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Director: Christof Loy

Premiere
Sunday, 14 September 2014
7 pm

With Johannes Martin Kränzle, Agnes Zwierko et al.
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

New production of Theater an der Wien

Synopsis

In 1885, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky was made aware by his brother Modest of a new drama by the writer Shpazhinsky, who was popular at the time: it contained a love scene, said Modest, well suited to being set to music. In the end, though, Tchaikovsky found the two main female characters more interesting than the love scene. He asked the author to adapt the play to a libretto. However, Shpazhinsky’s text turned out too long, and the struggle to achieve a version that could be performed took two years. On 1 November 1887, Charodeyka was premiered in the Imperial Mariinski Theatre in Saint Petersburg.


Nastasya, known as Kuma, runs an inn on the riverbank. In the liberal atmosphere she has created there, her guests also include political and social outcasts who find refuge under her roof. Kuma has many suitors, but bestows her favours on no one. One day, Prince Yuriy passes by and she falls in love with him. However, she does not dare approach him. Kurlyatev, the ruling prince, is Yuriy’s father, and the hostelry with the critical minds it attracts are a thorn in his side. He wants to close it, but falls under the spell of Kuma’s charm himself and suddenly, instead of closing the inn down, is spending a lot of time there himself. The scheming Mamïrov tells the Princess, Prince Kurlyatev’s wife, about this, arousing her jealousy. When Yuriy hears of his father’s behaviour he determines to kill the woman who has cast such a spell on his father that he is neglecting his wife and his duties as ruler. Kurlyatev confesses his love to Kuma, but she rejects him. When Yuriy comes to her intending to kill her, she is able to convince him of her innocence, and he too falls in love with her. The couple is about to escape together when the Princess poisons Kuma, who dies in Yuriy’s arms. The Princess throws the dead body into the river. Prince Kurlyatev, searching for Kuma, kills his son in a fit of jealousy and is taken by madness.

Cast

Opera in four acts (1887)
Music by Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Libretto by Ippolit Wassiljewitsch Schpaschinski

In Russian with German surtitles

Conductor

Mikhail Tatarnikov

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Director

Christof Loy

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Set designer

Christian Schmidt

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Light designer

Bernd Purkrabek

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Choreographer

Thomas Wilhelm

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Prince Kurlyatev (14/16/23 and 26 September))

Vladislav Sulimsky

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Prince Kurlyatev (19 and 21 September)

Nikolay Efremov

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Princess Jewpraxija

Agnes Zwierko

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Prince Yuriy

Maxim Aksenov

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Mamyrow

Vladimir Ognovenko

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Nenila

Hanna Schwarz

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Iwan Schuran

Martijn Cornet

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Nastasya, dubbed “Kuma”

Asmik Grigorian

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Foka

Martin Snell

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Polya

Natalia Kawałek

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Balakin

Erik Årman

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Potop

Stefan Cerny

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Kitschiga

Nikolay Didenko

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Paisi

Andreas Conrad

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Kudma

Martin Winkler

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Comedians

Barbara Spitz, Peter Knauder, Renzo Popolizio, Steven Seale, Adam Ster, Wanderson Wanderley, Anatole Zangs

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Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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Photos Gallery

Charodeyka 14/15

Premiere: 14 September 2014
Director: Christof Loy
Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov
New production of Theater an der Wien
Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Videos

Duett Kuma/Juri aus Charodeyka (Die Zauberin) von P. I. Tschaikowski

Duett Kuma/Juri aus Charodeyka (Die Zauberin) von P. I. Tschaikowski

Asmik Grigorian (Nastasja "Kuma") & Maxim Aksenov (Prinz Juri)
Charodeyka: Oper in vier Akten von Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Musikalische Leitung: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Inszenierung: Christof Loy
Ausstattung: Christian Schmidt
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien, 2014

Arie "Kuma" Akt I aus CHARODEYKA/The Enchantress von P. I. Tschaikowski

Arie "Kuma" Akt I aus CHARODEYKA/The Enchantress von P. I. Tschaikowski

Asmik Grigorian (Nastasja, genannt "Kuma")
Musikalische Leitung: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Inszenierung: Christof Loy
Ausstattung: Christian Schmidt
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien, 2014

Vladislav Sulimsky in CHARODEYKA (The Enchantress) von P. I. Tschaikowski

Vladislav Sulimsky in CHARODEYKA (The Enchantress) von P. I. Tschaikowski

Vladislav Sulimsky (Fürst Nikita Kurljatew)
Letzte Szene aus dem 4. Akt
Musikalische Leitung: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Inszenierung: Christof Loy
Ausstattung: Christian Schmidt
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien, 2014