The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence
War and Peace
Conducted by Artistic Director Valery Gergiev, the company presents a monumental opera event, their fully staged production of War and Peace. Prokofiev's two-act opera tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era, with a great number of characters caught up in a plot that covers war, peace, youth, marriage, age, and death. This 2000 production, based on Tolstoy's epic novel and co-produced with the Metropolitan Opera, features a cast of more than 200 and is directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Following the world premiere of this production at the Mariinsky Theatre, London's The Independent said, "Prokofiev's atmospheric music emerges in all its glory thanks to Gergiev's magic in the pit." The New York Times called it a "significant achievement."
Performance Timing: Approximately 4 hours, including one 45 minute intermission.
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: Alexey Markov
Natasha Rostova: Irina Mataeva
Count Pierre Bezukhov: Alexey Steblyanko
Field Marshal Kutuzov: Gennady Bezzubenkov (3/6) and Mikhail Kit (3/7)
Napoleon Bonaparte: Alexander Nikitin
Count Rostov: Mikhail Kit (3/6) and Alexander Morozov (3/7)
Helene Bezukhova: Ekaterina Semenchuk
Prince Anatole Kuragin: Sergey Skorokhodov