The world-renowned Kirov Opera led by Valery Gergiev returns
for the second of ten annual visits funded by Alberto Vilar
with two full-length operas by Tchaikovsky.
One of the great pillars of the Mariinsky repertoire, Tchaikovsky's
soaring Mazeppa depicts the legendary 17th-century Ukrainian
separatist in both his political and romantic exploits. Taking
inspiration from Pushkin's epic poem Poltava, the opera follows
the enigmatic yet aging military leader Mazeppa as he falls in
love with Maria, the young daughter of Kochubey, a Cossack judge.
Denied the judge's blessing to marry, Mazeppa and Maria decide
to elope, an action that compels Kochubey to reveal Mazeppa's
secret revolutionary plansa plot to turn the Ukraine into an
independent stateto Tsar Peter the Great. What follows is a
climactic series of shocking betrayals, heart-pounding duels,
and a tragic descent into madness, all set to Tchaikovsky's