Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow (1844–1908) Kashchey the Immortal
Kaschtschei bessmerntnyi – Opera in 1 Act Duration: 75'
solos: SMezTBarB – choir: SATTBB – 3(picc).2(cor ang).2.2(dble bsn) – 22.214.171.124. – timp.perc(2) – hp – cel – str
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Text by the composer after a folk Fairytale
Translation: German (A. Bernhard), French (L. Laloy), Ital. (E. Magni)
Place: In the evil realm
Characters: Kashchey (tenor) - Princess Tausendschön (soprano) - Ivan Korolyevich (baritone) - Kaschtscheewna (mezzo-soprano) - Hero Sturmwind (bass)
Kashchey holds the Princess captive in his kingdom, which is besieged by a snowstorm. His daughter, who is helping her father defend his realm, ensures Kashcheys immortality as long as her heart remains unmoved. In search of his beloved Princess, Ivan Korolyevich enters the evil realm. But instead of killing him, Kashcheys daughter falls in love with the young man. Unfortunately, she cannot destroy the love between Ivan and the Princess, and becomes despondent. When the compassionate Princess kisses her rival on her brow, Kashcheys daughter begins to weep. Her tears transform her into a weeping willow and Kashchey dies.