19:00 Philharmonie Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski: Die Nacht vor Weihnachten

Concertante Opera

Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

“Die Nacht vor Weihnachten” –
Oper in vier Akten (konzertante Aufführung)

Vladimir Jurowski


Mikhail Vekua

Tenor (Wakula)

Dmitry Ulyanov

Bass (Tschubb)

Sofia Fomina

Sopran (Oksana)

Ksenia Dudnikova

Mezzosopran (Solocha)

Alexander Fedorov

Tenor (Teufel)

Marina Prudenskaya

Mezzosopran (Die Zarin)

Sergei Leiferkus

Bariton (Golowa, der Bürgermeister)

Milan Siljanov

Bassbariton (Panas und Pazjuk)

Vsevolod Grivnov

Tenor (Küster Ossip)

Nadine Weissmann

Alt (Frau mit violetter Nase)

Josefine Mindus

Sopran (Frau mit gewöhnlicher Nase)

George Enescu Philharmonic Choir


Ion Iosif Prunner


Anisha Bondy

Szenische Einrichtung/Choreographie

Marco Philipp


Benjamin Spencer Weiß


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Uta Jäger


Saskia Theis


Walpurgis Night before Christmas

As seductively romantic as the title sounds, the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov is pagan and archaic. It is not set on Christmas night, but the night before. A devil who no longer feels he is being taken seriously, a witch who has a brave, righteous blacksmith for a stepson, a tsarina who gives away her golden shoes. Rimsky-Korsakov takes Ukrainian, melodically simple “kolyadki” and “shchedriwki” chants, layers them into harmonically tangled choral passages or has them sing against each other as rapid dialogues. In this way he is able to assert completely contradictory things at the same time and in the most beautiful musical harmony, “fired” in the literal sense of the word by the orchestra, which in turn leads a highly seductive sound life of its own. Great listening theatre. Merry Christmas!

Ukrainian Christmas carols form the basis for Rimsky-Korsakow’s opera “The Night Before Christmas”.
In 2022, millions of Ukrainians will have to spend Christmas without electricity, heating, water and with limited medical care. We would like to bring your attention to the work of Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e.V. in the context of the RSB concert. The orchestra and its chief conductor have already helped this voluntary association to provide people in Ukraine with urgently needed relief supplies. With a direct donation to the Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e.V. association, you too can give hope and strength to those affected by the war.

If you would like to support the work of the association, you can make your donation via the website Ukraine-Hilfe-Berlin.de.

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