Tchaikovsky composed Mazeppa from 1881 to 1883. The libretto was first written by Victor Bourenine who had adapted Alexander Pushkin’s epic poem Poltava. This booklet was intended for Karl Davidov but had given up the composition of an opera on this subject. Tchaikovsky deeply rewrote the booklet by returning to Pushkin’s poem. He also added characters, like Andrei, in love since Maria’s childhood, until his death in the final scene. Pushkin’s poem is based on historical events. The Battle of Poltava on July 8, 1709 opposed the army of Peter I of Russia and the troops of Charles XII of Sweden with the support of Ukrainian Cossacks hetman Ivan Mazeppa.
Mazeppa, hetman: Vladislav Sulimsky; Kotchubei: Stanislav Trofimov;
Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev; New Stage Version: Yuri Laptev; Sets Designer: Alexander Konstantinovsky; Choreography: Vasily Vainonen
Production compagny : Telmondis
Coproduction compagny : Mezzo
Production Year : 2019
Distribution compagny : Telmondis distribution
Video Format : 16/9