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The Enchanted Wanderer
By Rodion Shchedrin
Directed by Alexei Stepanyuk
Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Musical direction by Valery Gergiev
Conducted by Valery Gergiev
Rodion Shchedrin’s rarely performed opera merges gypsy songs, Russian Orthodox choral music, and traditional Slavic instruments with 20th-century idioms. Based on the short story by Nikolai Leskov, The Enchanted Wanderer concerns Ivan, the eponymous wanderer, who embarks on a series of sordid misadventures that lead to his unlikely embrace of monasticism. Valery Gergiev conducts this musical treasure, staged amid the reeds of Russia’s mythic past and evoking the fabled lore of Baba Yaga, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov alike.
Libretto by the composer after the novel by Nikolai Leskov, The Enchanted Wanderer
Set design by Alexander Orlov
Costume design by Irina Cherednikova
Lighting design by Yevgeny Ganzburg
Choreography by Dmitry Korneyev
Get even closer to Rodion Shchedrin’s opera with our curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos on the BAM blog.