Dobrynya Nikitich (opera)

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Dobrynya Nikitich (Op. 22) is a 1901 opera by Aleksandr Grechaninov. It is described as a "Opera-Legend" based on the bogatyr Dobrynya Nikitich. The opera opened at the Bolshoy Theatre on October 14, 1903, with Fyodor Chaliapin in the lead.[1]


Excerpts were recorded by the Leningrad Radio Choir and Russian balalaika orchestra 'Vasiliy Andreev' under Georgy Doniyakh in 1959,[2] with Viktor Morozov (bass) Matvej Gavrilkin (tenor) Aleksandra Meshcheryakova (mezzo-soprano) and Lyudmila Grudina (mezzo-soprano).

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  1. ^ Chaliapin: an autobiography as told to Maxim Gorky 1988 Page 222 Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin, Maksim Gorky, Nina Froud - "The song mentioned by Grechaninov was duly passed by the Censor on October 24, 1901. His opera Dobrynya Nikitich opened at the Bolshoy Theatre on October 14, 1903, with Chaliapin in the lead."
  2. ^ DSCH journal - N 20 23 - Page 35 2004 "(Note by Anthony Phillips) [4] Georgy Doniyakh was the Chief Conductor of the Maly Opera Theatre, and would have been the conductor of Lady Macbeth had it been produced at the time."
  3. ^ Franklin Mesa Opera: an encyclopedia of world premieres Page 297 - 2007 [ Шаховской Александр Александрович (1777-1846) ] "His operas include The Invisible Prince (1805), Ilya bogatyr (1807), The Cossack Poet (1812), Dobrynya Nikitich (1818), and The Firebird (1823)."