Vladimir Soltan
King Stakh’s Wild Hunt

opera in two acts

Tuesday | 23 May 2023|19:00

Age 12+

Дирижер – Юрий Караваев 


Libretto by Svetlana Klimkovich, based on the eponymous novel by Uladzimir Karatkevich
Musical director: Andrei Ivanou
Director: recipient of the Francysk Skaryna Medal 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
Conductors: Vladimir Ovodok, Yuri Karavaev
Sung in Belarusian with Russian and English surtitles
Running time:  2 hours 35 minutes with one interval
Premiere: 11, 12 July 2021


Надежда Яновская – Елена Золова

Дубатовк – Сергей Франковский

Андрей Белорецкий – Денис Янцевич

Андрей Светилович – Александр Михнюк

Алесь Ворона – Станислав Трифонов

Игнат Берман – Юрий Болотько

Рыгор – Андрей Валентий

Первый шляхтич – Андрей Матюшонок

Второй шляхтич – Владислав Зозулько


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.