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Barbican Hall
Silk Street


Rodion ShchedrinLevsha (The Left-Hander)


Valery Gergiev – Conductor
Andrei Popov – The Left-Hander
Edward Tsanga – Ataman Platov
Vladimir Moroz – Tsar Alexander I / Tsar Nikolai I
Kristina Alieva – The Flea
Maria Maksakova – Princess Charlotte
Andrei Spekhov – English Under-Skipper

Mariinsky Opera

Programme Note

The UK premiere of Shchedrin’s witty new comedy of Anglo-Russian misunderstanding, performed by the team that gave its premiere in 2013.

Rodion Shchedrin’s The Lefthander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions, and strong drink. Specially written for Gergiev and the Mariinsky – who gave its premiere in July 2013 – this is the first UK performance of this wickedly funny satire in the tradition of Gogol and Shostakovich.

After Boris Godunov, Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky forces present a Russian opera from the opposite extreme of the Russian soul. Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humourists, and his work is laced with pitch-black irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classic satirical novella of 1881, The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty From Tula and the Steel Flea, The Lefthander is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in particular - so it’s wonderfully appropriate that it’s receiving its Western European premiere here at the Barbican. 

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Also in this series:
Mon 3 Nov - Mariinsky Opera: Boris Godunov
Wed 5 Nov - Mariinksy Chorus

Mariinsky Opera: The Left-Hander

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