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)

Dimitry Ulyanov

Bass (Tschubb)

Sofia Fomina

Sopran (Oksana)

Ksenia Dudnikova

Mezzosopran (Solocha)

Vasily Efimov

Tenor (Teufel)

Marina Prudenskaya

Mezzosopran (Die Zarin)

Sergei Leiferkus

Bariton (Golowa, der Bürgermeister)

Artyom Wasnetzov

Bassbariton (Pazjuk)

Milan Siljanov

Bassbariton (Panas)

Vsevolod Grivnov

Tenor (Küster Ossip)

Nadine Weissmann

Alt (Frau mit violetter Nase)


Sopran (Frau mit gewöhnlicher Nase)

George Enescu Philharmonic Choir


Ion Iosif Prunner


Anisha Bondy

Szenische Einrichtung/Choreographie

Diego Leetz




Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

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!

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