The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
|The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga|
|Opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov|
The composer in 1898)
|Native title||Russian: Боярыня Вера Шелога, Boyarïnya Vera Sheloga|
|Based on||drama by Lev Alexandrovich Mey|
|Premiere||27 December 1898
Solodovnikov Theater, Moscow
The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga (Russian: Боярыня Вера Шелога, Boyarïnya Vera Sheloga) is an opera in one act by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the libretto, which he based on the drama by Lev Alexandrovich Mey. The opera was composed in 1898 from material omitted from Rimsky-Korsakov's first opera, The Maid of Pskov (1873).
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast
Moscow, 27 December 1898
(Conductor: Iosif Truffi)
|Boyar Ivan Semyonovich Sheloga||basso||Nikolay Mutin|
|Vera Dmitriyevna, his wife||soprano||Sofiya Gladkaya|
|Nadezhda Nasonova, Vera's sister||mezzo-soprano||Yevdokiya Stefanovich|
|Prince Yuriy Ivanovich Tokmakov||baritone or bass||Anton Bedlevich|
|Vlasyevna, Nadezhda's nurse||contralto||Varvara Strakhova|
Vera's husband has been away on a campaign. In the meantime, she has given birth to Olga.
She confesses to her unmarried sister, Nadezhda, of having been wooed by a man who passed through earlier (the man turns out to have been Ivan the Terrible), and that the baby is not her husband's.
As this conversation ends, Vera's husband finally returns, surprised by the presence of the baby. Upon his demand to know where the baby came from, Nadezhda saves her sister by claiming to be the mother.
Audio Recordings (Mainly studio recordings)
- 1945, Sakharov - Bolshoi
- 1980, Stoyan Angelov (conductor), Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stefka Evstatieva (Vera Sheloga), Alexandrina Milcheva-Nonova (Nadezhda), Stefka Mineva (Vlasevna), Peter Bakardzhiev (Boyar Sheloga), Dimiter Stanchev (Prince Tokmakov)
- 1985, Mark Ermler (conductor), Bolshoy Theatre Orchestra, Tamara Milashkina (Vera Sheloga), Olga Teruchnova (Nadezhda), Nina Grigorieva (Vlasevna), V. Karimov (Prince Tokmakov)
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