What is so special about Russian opera?
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Matryoshka’s diary
The second part of the interview with Sigrid from the Australian Institute of Music
Russian Emperors considered it one of the best activities to enjoy. Its singers have to have the most powerful voices. Its story goes back to 16 century. It’s all about OPERA. Last week we’ve been talking about Russian opera and some facts that are not commonly known with Sigrid who currently studies music composition and production at the Australian Institute of Music. Make sure you’ve looked through Part 1 of the interview and go on with the second one!
In your opinion, what is so special about the Russian opera?
Russian orchestral music holds more interest to me than Russian opera. However, Russia has some wonderful operas such as ‘Boris Godunov’ by Mussorgsky, and ‘Eugene Onegin’ by Tchaikovsky, based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin. Also, ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ by Glinka is also based on a work by Pushkin. Russian operas such as these, utilise distinctly Russian topics and stories.
What or who (in your opinion ) inspired and/or influenced Russian Opera singers?
That is a very broad question, and I don’t have a meaningful answer. The sources of inspiration are often unexpected for individual singers.
Even narrowing down major influences on composers can be argued, as it is quite subjective. However, I would suggest that there was definitely an uprising of Russian nationalism in music during the 19th century, in line with the Romantic artistic movement of the time. This uprising was spear-headed by a small group of Russian composers (of whom Mussorgsky was one), whose aim was to create distinctly Russian music.
Where we can listen to a Russian opera?
The three opera’s mentioned in question 5 are the best examples of Russian operas I can think of, so I would definitely recommend searching for performances of these. Also, the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is worth listening to, and I know she has performed in at least ‘Eugene Onegin.’
Thank you so much, Sigrid! Now we know our students know what perfomances to enjoy when in Russia. By the way, Enjoy Russian students have opera evenings in Petrozavodsk too! They go to the theathers with host families and Russian friends. Join us in 2019 and dive into the Russian culture! Choose a course here