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Levsha

Levsha

(Der Linkshänder)

Die Geschichte vom schielenden Linkshänder aus Tula

Oper in 2 Akten

Libretto vom Komponisten nach der Erzählung von Nikolai Leskov


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: Russian
  • Order No.: LS 5561-01

Description
Nikolai Leskov’s The Lefthander is a popular Russian short story eminently suitable as the subject of an opera. The plot is grotesque and exaggerated but this is contrasted by striking and expressive characters. The two Tsars, Alexander I and Nikolai I, make an appearance in the tale, which also incorporates the Winter Palace, the English court, a burlesque comedy, a tragedy, laughter and tears. A closer examination of this work reveals the skillful juxtaposition of two different worlds: British rationality and Russian irrationality.

Then there is the protagonist of the story, a cross-eyed, uneducated crafts man from Tula ‘with golden hands’. This figure, it seems to me, is a combination of the salient and typical aspects of the Russian national character: individualised talent, quick thinking, self-irony, an indifference to life and a fatal passion for alcohol. This is paired with the eternal Russian theme, authority versus the common people. A genius unrecognised in his own country. I composed the opera for the inauguration of the new stage at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Mariinsky II. The opera will be directed and conducted by Valery Gergiev, who is also the dedicatee of the opera. Rodion Shchedrin
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 26. Juni 2013 St. Petersburg, Mariinsky II (RUS) · Dirigent: Valery Gergiev · Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (konzertante Uraufführung)

27. Juli 2013 St. Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre (RUS) · Dirigent: Valery Gergiev · Inszenierung: Alexey Stepanyuk · Kostüme: Irina Cherednikova · Bühnenbild: Alexander Orlov (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2012 - 2013
instrumentation: 4 (3. auch Picc. u. Altfl., 4. auch Picc.) · Altblfl. · Tenorblfl. · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 4 (3. auch Bassklar., 4. auch Es-Klar.) · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 4 · 4 · 2 - P. (kl. P. und 2 Metal Blocks) S. (I: Crot. [hängend, chromatisch] · Marimba [od. Xyl.] · 4 Bong. · Tamb. [klein] · Mil. Tr.; II: Lyra · Vibr. · Marimba · Röhrengl. · Tamb. · Bong. [Sopran] · Tenortr. · Guiro [A/T] · Pf. [hoch] · Flex. · Lotosfl. · Vogelstimmen · Schüttelrohr [A/T]; III: Metallophon [od. Vibr.] · Sonagli [Troika] · Herdengl. [hoch] · 5 Schalengl. · Gong [hoch] · Tamt. · Tamb. [klein] · kl. Tr. · Tenortr. · gr. Tr. · Bar (Wind) Chimes · Glass Chimes · Guiro [S] · Weinglas · Ratsche · Peitsche · Schüttelrohr; IV: Glsp. · Crot. [hängend] · Beckenpaar · hg. Beck. · Tamb. [klein] · Bongos [klein] · gr. Tr. · Bar (Wind) Chimes · Mar. · Windmasch. · Plattengl. · Schiffshorn [2 Töne, sehr tief]) (4 Spieler) - 2 Domras (1. Sopran-Domra, 2. Alt-Domra) [russ. Laute] · Duduk/Tsiranapogh [armen. Flöte] · 2 Zhaleikas [russ. Hornpipe] · Bayan [russ. Akkordeon] · Hackbrett · Hfe. · Klav. (auch Cel.) · Cemb. - Str.
occupation: Der Linkshänder, ein Handlanger aus Tula · hoher, lyrischer Tenor - Ataman Platov · Stentorbass - Alexander I, russischer Zar (auch: Nikolai I, russischer Zar, Bruder Alexanders) · Bariton - Der Floh · Koloratursopran - Princess Charlotte, Tochter des englischen Königs George III. · Mezzosopran - englischer Skipper · Bariton - Lords des Schatzhauses ihrer Hoheit · drei Tenöre - Polizisten, Doktoren, Gendarmen, Krankenpfleger in St. Petersburg · drei Bässe - zwei sprechende Frauen · Sopran und Mezzosopran - Eilbote · tiefer Bass - englische Bräute des Linkshänders, blond und brünett · Sopran und Mezzosopran - Graf Kiselvrod · Tenor - großer gemischter Chor (in russischen Szenen) - Statisten (in englischen Szenen)
Delivery rights: distribution rights for all countries except Russia
Performances
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-12-28 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-05-30 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-01-08 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2016-06-07 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2016-04-14 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2015-11-05 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2015-01-08 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
2014-11-04 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-10-25 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-06-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-05-10 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-04-14 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-03-29 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-02-05 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-01-26 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-11-20 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-09-09 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-07-28 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-07-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | World Premiere
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
2013-06-26 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky II — 20:00 | World Premiere
Audio Stream
Nikolai Leskov’s The Lefthander is a popular Russian short story eminently suitable as the subject of an opera. The plot is grotesque and exaggerated but this is contrasted by striking and expressive characters. The two Tsars, Alexander I and Nikolai I, make an appearance in the tale, which also incorporates the Winter Palace, the English court, a burlesque comedy, a tragedy, laughter and tears. A closer examination of this work reveals the skillful juxtaposition of two different worlds: British rationality and Russian irrationality.

Then there is the protagonist of the story, a cross-eyed, uneducated crafts man from Tula ‘with golden hands’. This figure, it seems to me, is a combination of the salient and typical aspects of the Russian national character: individualised talent, quick thinking, self-irony, an indifference to life and a fatal passion for alcohol. This is paired with the eternal Russian theme, authority versus the common people. A genius unrecognised in his own country. I composed the opera for the inauguration of the new stage at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Mariinsky II. The opera will be directed and conducted by Valery Gergiev, who is also the dedicatee of the opera. Rodion Shchedrin
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 26. Juni 2013 St. Petersburg, Mariinsky II (RUS) · Dirigent: Valery Gergiev · Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (konzertante Uraufführung)

27. Juli 2013 St. Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre (RUS) · Dirigent: Valery Gergiev · Inszenierung: Alexey Stepanyuk · Kostüme: Irina Cherednikova · Bühnenbild: Alexander Orlov (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2012 - 2013
instrumentation: 4 (3. auch Picc. u. Altfl., 4. auch Picc.) · Altblfl. · Tenorblfl. · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 4 (3. auch Bassklar., 4. auch Es-Klar.) · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 4 · 4 · 2 - P. (kl. P. und 2 Metal Blocks) S. (I: Crot. [hängend, chromatisch] · Marimba [od. Xyl.] · 4 Bong. · Tamb. [klein] · Mil. Tr.; II: Lyra · Vibr. · Marimba · Röhrengl. · Tamb. · Bong. [Sopran] · Tenortr. · Guiro [A/T] · Pf. [hoch] · Flex. · Lotosfl. · Vogelstimmen · Schüttelrohr [A/T]; III: Metallophon [od. Vibr.] · Sonagli [Troika] · Herdengl. [hoch] · 5 Schalengl. · Gong [hoch] · Tamt. · Tamb. [klein] · kl. Tr. · Tenortr. · gr. Tr. · Bar (Wind) Chimes · Glass Chimes · Guiro [S] · Weinglas · Ratsche · Peitsche · Schüttelrohr; IV: Glsp. · Crot. [hängend] · Beckenpaar · hg. Beck. · Tamb. [klein] · Bongos [klein] · gr. Tr. · Bar (Wind) Chimes · Mar. · Windmasch. · Plattengl. · Schiffshorn [2 Töne, sehr tief]) (4 Spieler) - 2 Domras (1. Sopran-Domra, 2. Alt-Domra) [russ. Laute] · Duduk/Tsiranapogh [armen. Flöte] · 2 Zhaleikas [russ. Hornpipe] · Bayan [russ. Akkordeon] · Hackbrett · Hfe. · Klav. (auch Cel.) · Cemb. - Str.
occupation: Der Linkshänder, ein Handlanger aus Tula · hoher, lyrischer Tenor - Ataman Platov · Stentorbass - Alexander I, russischer Zar (auch: Nikolai I, russischer Zar, Bruder Alexanders) · Bariton - Der Floh · Koloratursopran - Princess Charlotte, Tochter des englischen Königs George III. · Mezzosopran - englischer Skipper · Bariton - Lords des Schatzhauses ihrer Hoheit · drei Tenöre - Polizisten, Doktoren, Gendarmen, Krankenpfleger in St. Petersburg · drei Bässe - zwei sprechende Frauen · Sopran und Mezzosopran - Eilbote · tiefer Bass - englische Bräute des Linkshänders, blond und brünett · Sopran und Mezzosopran - Graf Kiselvrod · Tenor - großer gemischter Chor (in russischen Szenen) - Statisten (in englischen Szenen)
Delivery rights: distribution rights for all countries except Russia
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-12-28 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-05-30 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2017-01-08 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2016-06-07 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2016-04-14 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2015-11-05 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2015-01-08 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
2014-11-04 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-10-25 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-06-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-05-10 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-04-14 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-03-29 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-02-05 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2014-01-26 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-11-20 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-09-09 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | Revival
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-07-28 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
2013-07-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky Theatre | World Premiere
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
2013-06-26 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Mariinsky II — 20:00 | World Premiere
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