Opera "Snegurochka" with her poetry of pagan cult, the epic power of the merging of man and nature, divinely-ravishing anthem to beauty and love Nikolay Andreevich rimskiy-Korsakov felt his best creation. «Snegurochka» is surprisingly responsive, love playing pictures of folk life, rituals of ancient paganism, miraculous images of folk tales.
In May 1880, "the real Russian village" Stelëvo, under the arc, he settled with his family on a summer rimskiy-Korsakov, in love with the plot of "the snow maiden". Beautiful groves, fields of rye and buckwheat are all quite with his then-panteisti?eskim mood. "Any thick and gnarled Bough or tree stump, MOSS-grown, I seemed like a demon or its housing; Les "V?lcine? is protected forest; naked Kopyteckaâ Hill Ârilinoj Hill, the triple echo, an audible from our balcony, as if to wood-goblins and other monsters ", Rimsky-Korsakov later confessed in his memoirs" Chronicle of my musical life ". Two and a half months (from June to mid-August), the composer has composed an outline (prologue and four acts) of its Lyric Opera. It is interesting that at first reading – in the year 1874 – Aleksandr Ostrovsky's play a little like Rimsky-Korsakov; but he returned to it in the winter of 1879-80, composer "just saw on her amazing poetic beauty", as he wrote about it in "Chronicle of my musical life". The beauty of fabulousness, A.n. Ostrovsky's plays and those two worlds – the magic and the Earth, where its effect; the beauty of its main thoughts: the harmony of the whole perennial and harsh laws of nature, which must take place and the human being.
Stage the fate of "the snow maiden" is ambiguous. The premiere was held at the Mariinsky Theatre, January 29, 1882 brought Rimsky-Korsakov more frustration than fulfillment. No luxury setting (on which the Directorate has spent about forty thousand rubles), unseen before in Russian operas, nor a good performance could not reconcile the composer with notes made on the insistence of the conductor Nápravník E.f.napravnik.
Recognition and affection the public came to the "Elf", and later during the life of the author, it was the Repertoire of his operas.
Theatrical history in Ekaterinburg Opera Theatre has six productions (1913, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1944 and 1969). Theatre revisits the operatic score Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, enriching its Russian opera repertoire, the best works of the composer.
The performance by the theatre is a performance about the failed great Star, which, being in the world, broke the usual order of their life, this spring fairy tale, which is interesting for adults and children. Stage version of the play as a whole meets the intent of the composer, no alteration of the classics ", the performance is quite traditional. Although this does not mean that the worldview of modern man is not affected by this setting. Impact, not only at the level of the external odëžek, and at the level of their stay. It is a tradition that goes back to what we call the silver age, for exhibitions, which organized the Diaghilev's Russian seasons in Paris, this "new art", it's modern. Not only the "modern" that we're talking about today, not those performances that we today call "modernovymi". This modern, which really reinvents the classic forms of fine art and history of art in General, this Pearl necklace is the best, time-tested performances. Such a setting largely inspired set design Igor Ivanov: Famous Russian artist created on stage and the mysterious winter woods, thickets and ancient towers of the Kingdom berendeev, reinventing the characters in simple clothes with national flavor and only magic characters giving silver-sparkling paint. And the tone is consonant with the wise and fresh beauty of folk songs, Arias, poetic lyricism of the action, penetrated a pagan joy of merging with nature, and its naive obožestvleniem: «in Yekaterinburg "Snow Maiden" Ivanov requested the stylistics Vasnetsov and Bilibin, but created no styling and impressive self expression. He invented a combination play space with an octagonal podium-altar in the Middle, carved pillars on the edges of the scene and scenery of enchanting beauty in the background from which the characters are on stage. The costumes in "Elf", each of which in terms of taste and quality worthy of display in the Museum of decorative and applied art, are grouped by the shades of color and texture so that exactly correspond with the character of colorful orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov. It is this theme approach to interpretation of the Opera, which has almost no contemporary theatre, created by the success of the play, and "Snow Maiden", maybe for the first time in its history won a convincing stage decision "(Yaroslav Sedov," rossiyskaya Gazeta "February 7, 2007).