Name: Sergei Prokofiev, "The Player"
Original name: Sergei Prokofiev: The Gambler
Director: Temur Chkheidze, Laurent Gentot
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Cast: Sergei Aleksashkin (The General), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Pauline), Vladimir Galuzin (Alexei), Larissa Dyadkova (Babulenka), Nikolai Gassiev (Marquis), Alexander Gergalov (Mr Astley), Mlle Blanche (Nadezhda Serdyuk), Andrei Popov (Prince Nilsky), Oleg Sychev (Baron Wurmerhelm), Andrei Spekhov (Potapych), Mariinsky Orchestra
The Mariinsky label releases its second opera DVD & Blu-ray, Prokofiev's 'The Gambler'. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2010, it stars celebrated Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin and bass Sergei Aleksashkin, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev. It is of fundamental significance that under Gergiev's baton the Mariinsky Orchestra and opera company have performed all of Prokofiev's symphonies, concerti and operas on numerous occasions.
Georgian director Temur Chkheidze, who also presented the Mariinsky's last production in 1996 and directed the opera with critical success at the Metropolitan Opera in 2001, gives a fresh look to Prokofiev's first opera.
Set in the fictional town of Roulettenburg in the mid-19th Century, 'The Gambler' is a four-act opera that displays the dramatic highs and lows involved in the game of chance. At the centre of the story is Alexei, who is in love with The General's step-daughter, Pauline. All of the characters fall victim to the temptation of gambling, each one consumed by the obsession and greed that drives them.
Vladimir Galuzin, who plays the role of Alexei, is indisputably one of the world's leading dramatic tenors, known for his unrivaled stentorious voice and extremely vivid characterisations of some of the most demanding roles. A Mariinsky soloist since 1990, he is much in demand internationally, performing regularly during the last two decades as a guest of most of the world's most prominent opera houses, concert halls and festivals. The role of The General is played by Russian bass Sergei Aleksashkin. Three-time recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize, Sergei has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1989, singing title roles in Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' and Glinka's 'Ruslan and Lyudmila'.
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