The Snow Maiden

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Nikolaï Rimsky-Korsakov
Musical direction
Mikhail Tatarnikov
Stage direction
Dmitri Tcherniakov

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Photo credit
Sébastien Mathé/OnP

Main informations

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.

The Snow Maiden
Artistic team

Opera in a prologue and four acts (1882)
Music / Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto / Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
After Alexandre Ostrovski

Conductor / Mikhail Tatarnikov
Director, sets and costumes designs / Dmitri Tcherniakov
Lighting design / Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus master / José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Presented by Alain Duault
Directed by Andy Sommer


Snegourotchka / Aida Garifullina
Lel / Yuriy Mynenko
Kupava / Martina Serafin
La Fée Printemps / Elena Manistina
Bobylicka / Carole Wilson
L’Esprit des bois / Vasily Efimov
Un page / Olga Oussova
Le tzar Berendei / Maxim Paster
Mizguir / Thomas Johannes Mayer
Le bonhomme Hiver / Vladimir Ognovenko
Bobyl Bakula / Vasily Gorshkov
Bermiata / Franz Hawlata
Premier Héraut / Vincent Morell
Deuxième Héraut / Pierpaolo Palloni


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