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11 December 2017 (Mon), 19:00 Brilliant Classical Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1887, founded by Stanislavsky) - ! PREMIERE ! Opera Betrothal in a Monastery (opera in four acts)

Running time: 3 hours

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Betrothal in a Monastery (opera in four acts) 2017/2018

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Designer: Vladimir Arefiev
Director: Alexander Titel
Director: Ludmila Naletova

Orchestra: Stanislavsky theatre symphony orchestra
Opera company: Stanislavsky opera

Opera in 4 act

Performed in Russian with synchronised English supertitles

Premiere of this production: 07 October 2017, Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre, Moscow, Russia

Betrothal in a Monastery was Sergei Prokofievs sixth opera with an opus number. The libretto, in Russian, was by the composer and Mira Mendelson, after Richard Brinsley Sheridans ballad opera libretto for Thomas Linley the youngers The Duenna.

Prokofiev began the work in 1940, and it was in rehearsal that year, but World War II halted production of the opera. The first performance did not occur until 3 November 1946, at the Kirov Theatre with Boris Khaikin conducting.

Commentators have noted that this opera lacks any particular political or social comment, except for the scene with the drunken monks, given the context of its creation in the 1940s in the Soviet Union.

In recent years, the opera has been performed in 1989 at the Wexford Festival and in 2006 at Glyndebourne.

Synopsis

Don Jerome intends his daughter Louisa to marry the wealthy fish merchant Mendoza. However, she loves instead Antonio, who is poor, though noble in spirit. Furthermore, Don Ferdinand, son of Don Jerome and prone to fits of jealousy, wants to marry Clara dAlmanza, who is a virtual prisoner of her stepmother.

In Act III, Mendoza and Don Carlos unintentionally help Louisa elope with Antonio. Don Jerome is tricked into composing a letter that gives his permission for Louisa to marry Antonio. In a fit of jealousy, Don Ferdinand chases after Louisa and Antonio, after he mistakes Louisa for Clara.

Act IV opens with a drinking song for the monks in the monastery where the marriages are to be performed. The monks then switch to a hymn that extols fasting and abstinence, to a tune that is a slower variant of the earlier drinking song. Finally, Louisa and Antonio are united, as are Don Ferdinand and Clara. In addition, Mendoza ends up marrying Louisas duenna.

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