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Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2010, Prokofiev's The Gambler stars celebrated Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin and bass Sergei Aleksashkin, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev. It is of fundamental significance that under Gergiev’s baton the Mariinsky Orchestra and opera company have performed all of Prokofiev’s symphonies, concerti and operas on numerous occasions.
Georgian stage director Temur Chkheidze, who also presented the Mariinsky’s last production in 1996 and directed the
opera with critical success at the Metropolitan Opera in 2001, gives a fresh look to Prokofiev’s first opera. Set in the fictional town of Roulettenburg in the mid-19th Century, The Gambler is a four-act opera that displays the dramatic highs and lows involved in the game of chance. At the centre of the story is Alexei, who is in love with The General’s step-daughter, Pauline. All of the characters fall victim to the temptation of gambling, each one consumed by the obsession and greed that drives them.
Vladimir Galuzin, who plays the role of Alexei, is indisputably one of the world’s leading dramatic tenors, known for his unrivaled stentorious voice and extremely vivid characterizations of some of the most demanding roles. A Mariinsky soloist since 1990, he is much in demand internationally, performing regularly during the last two decades as a guest of most of the world’s most prominent opera houses, concert halls and festivals.
The role of The General is played by Russian bass Sergei Aleksashkin. Three-time recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, Sergei has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1989, singing title roles in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila.
Duration 126 minutes
Recorded at the historic Mariinsky theatre, June 2010
Laurent Gentot film director
Performed in Russian: subtitles – Russian, English, Japanese, German and French
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Works on This Recording
Gambler, Op. 24 by Sergei Prokofiev
Vladimir Galouzine (Tenor),
Andrei Popov (Tenor),
Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Soprano),
Alexandr Gergalov (Baritone),
Nadezda Serdyuk (Mezzo Soprano),
Larissa Dyadkova (Mezzo Soprano),
Nikolai Gassiev (Tenor),
Sergei Aleksashkin (Bass)
St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917/1928; USSR
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