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Ruslan and Lyudmila (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery | Drama | Romance  -  1 December 1996 (UK)
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Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka's magical masterpiece in its entirety, inspired by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's poem of a Russian tale. An evil sorcerer Chernomor casts a spell over wedding ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Mikhail Kit ...
Vladimir Ognovenko ...
Larissa Diadkova ...
Gennady Bezzubenkov ...
Galina Gorchakova ...
Konstantin Pluzhnikov ...
Irina Bogachova ...
Yuri Marusin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirov Ballet ...
Dancers of the
Valery Gergiev ...
Himself - Conductor
Kirov Orchestra ...
Themselves - Orchestra
Mikhail Shtein ...
Marina Tchirkova ...
Naina's Magic Dancer
Olga Volobuyeva ...
Naina's Magic Dancer


Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka's magical masterpiece in its entirety, inspired by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's poem of a Russian tale. An evil sorcerer Chernomor casts a spell over wedding celebrations for Ruslan and Lyudmila at the court of Svetozar, the Prince of Kiev. Lyudmila vanishes and her father promises her hand and half his kingdom to the knight who rescues her. Ruslan on this quest of rescue encounters the knights Ratmir and Farlaf, the wise wizard Finn, the slave of Ratmir, Gorislava and sorceress Naina before confronting Chernomor in his magic garden. After all the challenges for Ruslan, true love prevails. Written by Anonymous

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Dazzling spectacle, wonderful music and great singing make this a great and very interesting production
27 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do like Ruslan and Lyudmila as an opera, especially as the Overture is one of my personal favourite overtures. I am more a fan of the likes of Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina when it comes to Russian opera, but the music is so wonderful and the story slightly silly but very enchanting all the same. And this is a very interesting and great production. It is absolutely dazzling visually with the costumes and sets breathtaking. The staging is very effective mostly. The Act Three ballet is uninspired and the scene between Ruslan and Chernomor likewise, but much made up for it such as the excellently choreographed Act 4 ballet, March of the Wizard and the processions at Chernomor's court. Musically, the orchestra play with a rich and full sound, and Valery Gergiev's conducting is as enigmatic as it ever was. The singing is simply great. Vladmir Ognovenko is appropriately heroic and sings with a chocolaty bass(unusual in that I often associate heroes in opera as tenors), while Anna Netrebko gives some of her most crystal-clear singing of her career and she's very expressive. Mikhail Kit and Genady Bezzubenkov are owners of sonorous bass voices, and as Ratmir Larissa Diadkova comes close to stealing the show with an imposing presence and a rich contralto register that even for a contralto is remarkable in its volume. Mikhail Schtein is good as Chernomor, and I enjoyed the bright timbres of the two tenors. In conclusion, very interesting. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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