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The collection of Popov's poems, translations and plays called Dosugi (Досуги – Leisure Hours) was published at the request of Empress Catherine II. This collection also contained the libretto to the opera Anyuta.
The music hasn't survived and its composer is not known, however it has sometimes been attributed to Vasily Pashkevich or even to Yevstigney Fomin although at that time he was just 11 years old. It is known that the music was a selection of popular songs as specified in the libretto.
It is a story about a girl called Anyuta, brought up in a peasants' household, who turned out to be of noble birth, eventually marrying her nobleman beloved, Victor, to the sound of wedding bells.
- Leach, Robert and Borovsky, Victor, A History of Russian Theatre, Cambridge University Press, 1999, p. 72. ISBN 0-521-43220-0
- Polovtsev, A.A. Russian Biographical Dictionary (Русский биографический словарь А.А.Половцова) published 1896-1918.
- Seaman, Gerald R., "Russian opera before Glinka", Russia: Essays in History and Literature, Lyman Howard (ed.), Brill Archive, 1972, pp. 62–63.