Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…
Particularly attached to the opera which he himself considered to be a work of maturity, Rimsky‑Korsakov would write ten years after its creation that: “anyone who fails to love The Snow Maiden understands nothing of my works nor of myself”.
A masterpiece of popular Slavic literature, The Snow Maiden brings to the stage a magical fantasy enriched by the rigours of the weather. Aida Garifullina sings the role of Snegurochka whilst the production and musical direction have been left in the capable hands of two other Russian artists: the young conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov and director Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris
A co-production of the Opéra national de Paris and Bel Air Media, with the participation of ARTE France
With the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts, and the Centre national du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée.
Director: Andy Sommer
© Opéra national de Paris – Bel Air Media 2017
Picture: © Elisa Haberer / OnP
- Father Frost
- Spring Beauty
- Snowmaiden: Their daughter
- Lel: A shepherd
- Mizgir: A rich merchant
- Kupava: Mizgir’s fiancée
- Tsar Berendey: The sovereign of the Berendey people
- Bermyata: A Boyar close to the Tsar
- Bobyl Bakula, Bobylikha: An old, childless couple
- The Wood Sprite: Guardian of the forest
- Maslenitsa: An effigy representing the passage from winter to spring