The Gambler (Prokofiev)

The Gambler (Prokofiev)

The Gambler (Prokofiev)

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The Gambler (Russian: ИгрокIgrok in transliteration) is an opera in four acts by Sergei Prokofiev to a Russian libretto by the composer, based on the story of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Prokofiev had decided on this story as an operatic subject in 1914, and the conductor Albert Coates, of the Mariinsky Theatre, encouraged Prokofiev to compose this opera and assured him of a production at that theatre.Porter, Andrew, "Prokofiev's Early Operas: The Gambler. The Love of Three Oranges" (August 1962). The Musical Times, 103 (1434) 528-530. Vsevolod Meyerhold was engaged as stage director. However, in the wake of the 1917 February Revolution, that production never occurred.

Performance history

The opera did not receive its first performance until 1929, after it had been extensively revised (in 1927)David Nice Prokofiev: From Russia to the West 1891-1935: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003; p. 121, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels. Prokofiev prepared an orchestral suite based on the opera in 1931 (see below).

The Bolshoi Opera performed the opera at the Metropolitan Opera (The Met) in New York City in 1975, but the Met mounted its own first production in March 2001.

The original version of the opera was finally...
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