to his translator Mikhail Ossipovich [Delin], discussing his plans for a production of his opera Sadko in Paris with his French translator, commenting that it would probably be staged at the Opéra before The Snow Maiden, provided that the new director, Messager, shows more enthusiasm for it than did his predecessor, lamenting the loss of Stassov's support, suggesting two alternative titles for his new opera Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, informing Delin that his songs will be published with translations but not transposed, how his music will be good for the singers, and suggesting how they can promote Sadko (“...As regards the letter to Marti, I have a different opinion. The composer requires performers, but the performers also need composers (even Parisian performers)...”), and informing him of his new opera Kitezh, which will be performed in February
3 pages, 8vo (c. 205 x 130mm.), St Petersburg, 30 January 1907
Sadko, one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s greatest operas, dates from 1898. In the event the opera was not given in Paris until 1911, after the composer’s death. The premiere of his opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, which the composer here announces, took place at St Petersburg on 20 February 1907, three weeks after this letter. The great champion and publicist of Russian music, Vladimir Stassov, had died in 1906. The French composer André Messager became director of the Opéra during 1907, but Rimsky-Korsakov died the following year before his operas were staged there.
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