Vladimir Soltan

King Stakh’s Wild Hunt

opera in two acts

Recommended age 12+

Dates

Libretto by Svetlana Klimkovich, based on the eponymous novel by Uladzimir Karatkevich
Musical director: Andrei Ivanou
Director: Anna Motornaya
Designer: Andrei Merenkov
Chorus master: People's Artist of Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Nina Lomanovich
Сostume designer: Tatyana Lisovenko
Lighting designer: Evgenii Lisitsyn
Video designer: Nella Ogrenich
Choreography: winner of international competitions Olga Kostel
Conductor: Vladimir Ovodok
Sung in Belarusian with Russian and English surtitles.
Premiere: 11, 12 July 2021

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The search for old fairy tales, songs and legends leads the folklorist Andrei Belaretsky to a remote corner of Belarus – the Marsh Firs estate. Here in an old castle lives a young noblewoman, Nadzeya, the last of the Yanousky family, which was cursed, according to legend, by the legendary King Stakh. Nadzeya’s distant ancestor, Raman Yanousky, lured him to a hunt and killed him treacherously. When Stakh was dying, he cursed Raman and prophesied eternal revenge of the wild hunt on the murderer’s family. Nadzeya is to become its last victim.

 

In addition, the ghost riders keep the entire neighbourhood in fear. The terrifying hunt can kill anyone. So, abruptly, dies Svetsilovich, Nadzeya’s childhood friend.

 

After delving into the mysterious life of the castle, getting acquainted with its young mistress, as well as with Nadzeya’s guardian, Dubatouk, Belaretsky gradually realizes that he has entered into a mortal struggle not with ghosts, but with someone real and strong. The scientist tries to unravel this mystery, but he almost dies in a terrible swamp.

 

Belaretsky visits Dubatouk, only to get convinced of his suspicions: the master of the house is the organizer and inspirer of the wild hunt. His long-standing dream is to destroy the Yanousky family and seize their wealth.

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