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Mazeppa 2006Opéra National de Lyon

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The 2006 Edinburgh International Festival was the last under the distinguished direction of Brian McMaster, though his skills in achieving a fascinating balance of music, theatre, dance and opera were undiminished. Undoubtedly the hottest tickets were for Claudio Abbado's final operatic performances in Edinburgh, in Die Zauberflöte. The Opéra de Lyon made a welcome return with Peter Stein's production of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa and a double-bill of two Weill pieces, The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins. The Festival mounted the world premiere of Stuart MacRae's first opera, The Assassin Tree, in a co-production with Covent Garden. In addition, three operas appeared in concert - Elektra to open and Mastersingers to close. Between those came a revelatory performance of Rossini's Lady of the Lake.

Another of those little known operas which turn out to be a great deal better than expected. This was Tchaikovsky's attempt at a historic epic in the style of Musorgsky, and it really works very well. It does help to have a penetrating intelligence like that of Peter Stein directing matters, but musically it was excellent too.

Performance Cast

Mazeppa a Cossack chief, ruler of Ukraine

Wojtek Drabowicz

Kochubey a Ukrainian nobleman

Anatoli Kotscherga

Lyubov Kochubey's wife

Marianna Tarasova

Maria Kochubey's daughter

Anna Samuil

Andrey a young Cossack

Mikhail Agafonov

Orlik Mazeppa's henchman

Marek Gasztecki

Iskra friend of Kochubey

Ian Caley

Drunken Cossack

Eberhard Lorenz

Dancer

Vasil Maslo

Igor Goriatchkine

Performance DatesMazeppa 2006

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Aug, 19.15 24 Aug, 19.15

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