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The Moscow Private Opera, founded, sponsored, and directed by Savva Mamontov (1841--1918), was one of Russia's most important theatrical institutions at the dawn of the age of modernism. It presented the Moscow premieres of Lohengrin, La Bohème, and Khovanshchina, among others; launched the career of Feodor Chaliapin; gave Sergei Rachmaninov his first conducting job; employed Vasily Polenov, Victor Vasnetsov, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, and Mikhail Vrubel as set designers; and served as a model for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Part commercial enterprise, part experimental studio, Mamontov's company revolutionized opera directing and design, and trained a generation of opera singers. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished primary sources and evidence from art and theater history, Olga Haldey paints a fascinating portrait of a railway tycoon turned artiste and his pioneering opera company.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Translation
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1 The Silver Age and the Legacy of the 1860s
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. 2 Serving the Beautiful
  2. pp. 35-67
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  1. 3 Echoes of Abramtsevo
  2. pp. 68-87
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  1. 4 Visual Impressions
  2. pp. 88-129
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  1. 5 Opera as Drama
  2. pp. 130-170
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  1. 6 From Meiningen to Mey
  2. pp. 171-207
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  1. 7 Politics, Repertory, and the Market
  2. pp. 208-260
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  1. 8 Faces of the Enterprise
  2. pp. 261-290
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  1. Appendix A. Brief Chronology of Savva Mamontov’s Life and Career
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Appendix B. Selected Premieres and Revivals at the Moscow Private Opera
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 297-337
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 339-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-354
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