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Tchaikovsky’s Enchantress

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: The Enchantress
Tatiana Pavlovskaya as Kuma
Valery Alexeev as Prince Nikita
Irina Makarova as Princess Yevpraxia
Dmitry Polkopin as Yuri
Symphonic Orchestra & Chorus of the Flemish Opera/Dmitry Jurowski
Directed by Tatjana Gürbaca
Flemish Opera, Gent, Opera House, 4 November 2011

The Enchantress (Charodéyka) is one of the least known operas from Piotr Tchaikovsky. Unlike Evgeny Onegin, Mazepa and The Queen of Spades, to this day The Enchantress never found a place in the standard opera repertory, neither in Russia or abroad. Stagings and recordings can be counted one hand. (There are a couple of old Soviet-era recordings and Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Opera revived it in the late 1990s although no commercial release ever saw the light of day.) To see The Enchantress staged by the Flemish Opera in Belgium is therefore nothing short of an event.
Read the full review on Classical Net