The Golden Cockerel

Stephan Rabimov writes, “Have you heard this tale? An extravagant aging ruler overcome by paranoia launches a quixotic war lead by two incompetent sons in charge of a crumbling empire until they meet their demise over unfulfilled political promises. And there are powerful women involved. Life imitates art?! Opera is often considered an attribute of elite leisure. However, it has deep socially-conscious roots.

The Golden Cockerel is a satirical classic by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It was first staged in 1909 in Moscow and promptly banned by the tsarist authorities. A decade later Russian monarchy would be toppled in a bloody revolution that ushered communism onto the world stage. Nearly forty years since its last Met curtain call in New York, the iconic show returns to New Opera NYC for five completely revamped performances at the Sheen Center for the Arts on May 18-21, 2017. This might be the first must-see opera production of the Trump era.” Click here for the full Forbes article.

 
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