Fall in love with this richly melodic, kaleidoscopic work, seemingly tailor-designed for Kosky's inimitable aesthetic. This dreamscape production, rapturously received in France, is an Australian premiere you'll never forget.
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Barrie Kosky is our most celebrated international opera director. After providing two dazzling Adelaide Festival operatic centrepieces in recent years, Saul in 2017 and The Magic Flute in 2019, audiences have hoped for a trifecta. Adored for the startling vision he brings to familiar classics, in 2022 he’s back with a work never before seen in Australia.
Dark wit spiced with surreal burlesque. Classic Kosky… A triumphant evening
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is Russia’s answer to Wagner and The Golden Cockerel, the summation of his craft, was conceived over the terrifying din of the 1905 revolution. Half surreal fairy-tale, half political satire, it fell foul of Tsarist censors and poor Nikolai died with the voluptuous score of his imagination unheard. Premiering in 1909, it has become a key work of European operatic repertoire.
If you’re transported by Scheherazade, or Flight of the Bumble Bee, you’ll fall in love with this richly melodic, kaleidoscopic work, seemingly tailor-made for Kosky’s inimitable aesthetic.
You wish it would never end… The Golden Cockerel is certainly the Rimsky-Korsakov masterpiece.
In its impossibly demanding roles for bass, lyric coloratura soprano and stratospheric tenor you will hear the three operatic Olympians who have defined them in recent years: British-Ukrainian Pavlo Hunka, and Russian stars Venera Gimadieva and Andrei Popov. Their voices will spine-chillingly soar over the magnificent Adelaide Symphony Orchestra re-united with their former Music Director, Arvo Volmer.
Kosky’s extraordinary dreamscape of a production has already been rapturously received in France. Grab this exclusive opportunity and be among the first Australians to experience this masterwork. You’ll never forget it.
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A co-production with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Adelaide Festival, Opéra National de Lyon and Komische Oper Berlin in association with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Libretto Vladimir I. Bielski Based on the tale in verse by Alexander Pushkin
Tsar Dodon Pavlo Hunka Queen of Chemakha Venera Gimadieva Astrologer Andrei Popov Tsarevich Aphron Samuel Dundas Tsarevich Gvidon Nicholas Jones Polkan Mischa Schelomianski Amelfa Alexandra Durseneva Golden Cockerel's Voice Samantha Clarke On-Stage Cockerel Matthew Whittet
Dancers Sam Hall, Chris Mills, Rowan Rossi, Loci Walmsley
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Adelaide Festival Chorus
Conductor Arvo Volmer Director Barrie Kosky Associate Director Denni Sayers Assistant Director Eugene Lynch Stage Designer Rufus Didwiszus Costume Designer Victoria Behr Lighting Designer Franck Evin Choreographer Otto Pichler Assistant Costume Designer Nathalie Pallandre Assistant Choreographer Joseph Gebrael Makeup & Wigs Assistant Marie Jardine Assistant Lighting Designer Laurent Quain Technical Director Fred Amiel Head of Stage Mado Cogne Language Coach Maria Timofeeva Russian Translator Nadejda Levings
For Adelaide Festival Producer Tess Appleby (until Dec 2021) Producer Janelle McKenzie (from Jan 2022) Program Assistant Amanda Ashley Production Manager David McLean Stage Manager Jess Nash Assistant Stage Managers Emily Barraclough, Jess Wolfendale AC Arts Secondment Dylan McBurney Head of Wardrobe Kathleen Szabo Fittings, Alterations and Maintenance Ashleigh Thomas Costume Cutters / Maintenance Enken Hagge, Martine Micklem Dressers Nadejda Levings, Sally-Jayne Chapman, Anna Perry, Nick de-Rohan, Kent Green, David Adams, Wendy Todd, Chris Rektsinis
Head of Wigs and Make Up Jana DeBiasi Wigs and Make Up Matthew Ping, Teresa Scriva, Beverly Freeman, Dina Giaccio, Natasha Stone, Danielle Veltmyer, Charlotte Wilson, Kat-Arena Lean, Natasha Keneally, Jennifer Rossiter, Megan O’Mahoney, Sam Dawe, Marie-lyn Morant, Sharon Hage, Dominique Keeley Head of Props Ashley Ng Surtitles Catriona Herriott
Adelaide Festival would like to give special thanks to: Theatre Safe Australia State Theatre Company South Australia
The presentation of The Golden Cockerel has been made possible by the Adelaide Festival Chairman's Circle, the Adelaide Festival Opera Donor Circle (Leading Patrons Peter McKee and Pamela McKee), MM Electrical and Foundation Adelaide Festival.