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14 March 2020 (Sat), 19:30 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - Mariinsky II (New Theatre) - ! PREMIERE ! Opera Rodion Shchedrin "Lolita" (opera in three acts)


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Schedule for Rodion Shchedrin "Lolita" (opera in three acts) 2020

Conductor: Sergey Neller

Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Composer: Rodion Shchedrin
Set Designer: Boris Kudlichka
Stage Director: Sláva Daubnerová
Costume Designer: Natalia Kitamikado
Lighting Designer: Dan Tesař
Video Artist: Jakub Gulyás
Video Artist: Dominik Žižka

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

Opera in 3 acts

Performed in Russian with synchronised Russian and English supertitles

Premiere of this production: 3 October 2019, National Theatre, Prague


Production by the National Theatre in Prague (2019)

The American bestseller about the passionate relationship between Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged intellectual, literature professor and writer, and the 12-year-old girl Lolita, set in the 1940s or the 1950s, gave rise to fierce debates and generated controversy. Following the initial wave of decrial, its author, Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), a Russian-American novelist and poet, gained global fame. Almost four decades after the book’s publication, the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932) created an opera set to Nabokov’s best-known work. It is his fifth stage piece inspired by literary works by great Russian writers, with the previous ones being the opera Dead Souls (1976, based on Gogol) and the ballets Anna Karenina (1972, based on Tolstoy), The Seagull (1979) and The Lady with the Lapdog (1985, the latter two based on Chekhov).

Shchedrin composed the opera Lolita to his own libretto to commission from Mstislav Rostropovich, who conducted its world premiere (in Swedish translation) on 14 December 1994 in Stockholm. The piece, retelling a multi-layered story, blending themes of sensuality, love and sin, will receive its Czech premiere. The opera’s music reflects a variety of inspirations, with the most distinctly palpable being the Russian Orthodox chant. Whereas Lolita is just the second Shchedrin opera to be presented on a Czech stage (on 20 December 1978, Brno hosted the Czechoslovak premiere of Dead Souls), his ballets, particularly Carmen, are familiar to the local audience. With a certain degree of self-irony, the composer incorporated in Lolita a quotation from Carmen. Shchedrin wrote the majority of his ballets for his wife, the prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who performed in Prague on several occasions. This production of Shchedrin’s Lolita was created for the National Theatre in Prague by the renowned Slovak director and performance artist Sláva Daubnerová, who is noted for her singular approach to 20th–century opera, affording it a forcible and visually provocative touch.

World premiere: 14 December 1994, Royal Swedish Opera (in Swedish language)

Age category 18+






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