Opera Scotland

Salammbô 1991Kirov Opera, Leningrad

Read more about the opera Salammbô

The Edinburgh Festival opera programme in 1991 was dominated by visits by the two great Soviet companies. The Bolshoi from Moscow had enjoyed a ground-breaking success in the 1990 visit to Glasgow's year of culture with unusual pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, followed by a stop at Edinburgh with a Prokofiev piece. They now returned to Edinburgh with more Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Meantime, Valery Gergiev and his Kirov forces from Leningrad also put in an appearance bringing a fascinating survey of all Musorgsky's operatic output.

One of the rarities brought to Edinburgh by the Kirov was this early attempt at a traditional grand opera, appropriately derived from a French literary source. The six composed scenes from this embryonic work were presented in versions by the composer, supplemented with the efforts of Shebalin and Nagovitsin. This made a vehicle for another magnetic performance by Olga Borodina, as well as providing the chorus with a foretaste of Boris.

The concert began with a further novelty in Night on a Bare Mountain, not in the wonderful, familiar, but radical adaptation by Rimsky-Korsakov, but rather in the original version as left by Musorgsky himself - a strident and fiercely gripping masterpiece.

Performance DatesSalammbô 1991

Map List

Usher Hall | Edinburgh

15 Aug, 20.00

© Copyright Opera Scotland 2017

Site by SiteBuddha