About Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel)
The Sochi Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies paid tribute to Russia's icons of literature, music, opera and ballet. This summer, Les Saisons Russes du XX1 siécle stages a season of legendary works at the London Coliseum honouring three of the greatest: Sergei Diaghilev, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Part of the Russian Season at the London Coliseum, Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed masterpiece Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) was based on the last fairytale by Alexander Pushkin. It tells the story of the aged warrior Tsar Dodon who in a quest for peace in his kingdom consults a sorcerer. In return for a promise from the Tsar to grant him a wish, the sorcerer provides a Golden Cockerel to watch over the kingdom. Dire consequences ensue when the Tsar breaks his promise.
Conductor: Alevtina Ioffe.
Performed in Russian with English subtitles.