Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve / Vasiliev, Weigle, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra

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Composed using his own libretto, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov created this magical opera based on the short story by Nikolay Gogol ‘The Night before Christmas’ in which Vakula the handsome blacksmith wants to marry the rich farmer’s daughter Oksana, who in turn demands that he must first bring her the Tsarina’s shoes. Meanwhile a witch on her broomstick gathers the stars and the devil steals the moon – demonic forces trying to hinder this romantic union. There is little repertoire in musical theatre in which enchantment and enlightenment come together so happily as in Rimsky-Korsakov’s fairy-tale operas, and this Oper Frankfurt production was considered ‘a perfect seasonal tonic’ by the Financial Times.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: November 11, 2022


  • Catalog Number: NBD0154V


  • UPC: 730099015462


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Christof Loy, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester


  • Performer: Georgy Vasiliev, Julia Muzychenko, Enkelejda Shkoza, Alexey Tikhomirov, Andrei Popov, Anthony Robin Schneider, Myriam Hoyer