Rimsky-Korsakov : The Snow Maiden

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The Snow Maiden by Dmitri Tcherniakov at the Paris Opera : an unforgettable production with Aida Garifullina in the title role, and a dream cast for what will be the world premiere DVD & Blu-ray edition of this opera.

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Rimsky-Korsakov : The Snow Maiden

Snegurochka (Snowmaiden), the daughter of Spring and Winter, dreams of a life amongst the humans; but thebitter Sun, looking for revenge, plans to use the fire oflove to make her melt away…

The Snow Maiden, Rimsky-Korsakov’s third opera, draws its focus from playwright Alexander Ostrovsky’s eponymous play, itself inspired from National folk tales. This literary work was quite unexpected, given that Ostrovsky was better known for his political satires rather than his interest in fairy tales. But the composer found a clever way to spin this paradox, and applied himself in turn to reconcile traditional singing with a creative orchestration, bringing together heritage and modernity.

Stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov, a highly regarded specialist in Russian opera, humanizes this marvellous and cruel coming-of-age tale, under the surface of which innocent eroticism and bitter jealousy boil furiously. He also uses this production to draw a parallel between this paradoxical work and the contradictions of modern-time Russia, by transposing the action into an intriguing backward-looking community which, and quite unlike Snowmaiden, does not seem to be quite ready to face the unknown yet…


Rimsky-Korsakov : The Snow Maiden [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opera in four acts and a prolog by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Alexandre Ostrovski

Snegurochka (Snowmaiden) Aida Garifullina
Lel Yuriy Mynenko
Kupava Martina Serafin
Tzar Berendey Maxim Paster
Mizguir Thomas Johannes Mayer
Spring Beauty Elena Manistina
Father Frost Vladimir Ognovenko
Bermyata Franz Hawlata
Babyl Bakula Vasily Gorshkov
Bobylikha Carole Wilson
Wood Goblin Vasily Efimov
Maslenitsa Julien Joguet
First Herald Vincent Morell
Second Herald Pierpaolo Palloni
Tsar’s Page Olga Oussova

Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov

Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine
Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris
Chorus Master José Luis Basso

Stage direction and set design Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costumes Elena Zaytseva
Lighting design Gleb Filshtinsky
Video Tieni Burkhalter

Image gallery
Press review

“This production proves Tcherniakov is today’s greatest champion of Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas” – Bachtrack

“Aida Garifullina gave a remarkable performance” – Opera News

“The Paris Opera melts for the Snow Maiden” – Le Figaro

“Such music!” – Télérama

Technical informations

HD recording : Opéra national de Paris (Bastille) | 04/2017
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date
 : 28 May 2021
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC186
Barcode : 3760115301863
Running time : 194 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : BAC486
Barcode : 3760115304864
Running time : 194 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Image : Colour, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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