Juno and Avos (Russian: Юнона и Авось, Junona I Avos') is a popular Russian-language rock opera written by Alexey Rybnikov, poetry by Andrei Voznesensky. It was first performed in 1981 in the Lenkom Theatre, Moscow, directed by Mark Zakharov. Main roles in the premiere performed by Soviet stars Nikolai Karachentsov and Elena Shanina.
The opera is named after the two ships Juno and Avos that constituted the expedition headed by Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov. The plot is based on the love story of Nikolai Rezanov and Conchita Arguello, a 16 year old daughter of José Darío Argüello, the colonial governor of Spanish California.
Nikolai Karachentsov as Rezanov in Juno and Avos
The opera's first premiere abroad took place at Espace Cardin theater in Paris in 1983.
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- Nikolai Karachentsov — Nikolai Rezanov
- Elena Shanina — Conchita
- Aleksandr Abdulov — Fernando Lopez, Conchita's suitor; theatre's actor; the heretic
- Pavel Smeyan — the first narrator
- Gennady Trofimov — the second narrator
- Vladimir Shiryaev — Aleksey Rumyantsev; José Darío Argüello, governor of San-Francisco and Conchita's father
- ^ "Stage". Los Angeles Times. 1989-10-13. Retrieved 2012-01-12.