Igrok will debut on the evening of January 13th at Oper Frankfurt for a run of six performances. Based on the novel of the same name by author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Maestro Prokofiev had decided on this story as an operatic subject in 1914. The conductor Albert Coates, of the Mariinsky Theatre, encouraged him to compose this opera assuring him of a production at the theatre. Mr. Prokofiev wrote the opera in piano score between November 1915 and April 1916, and completed the orchestration in January 1917. COMMANDOpera notes in the wake of the 1917 Revolution, that production never occurred. This is a new production of the work which includes Mr. Clive Bayley as the General, Miss Barbara Zechmeister as Polina, Mr. Frank van Aken as Alexei, and Miss Anja Silja as the Grandma. Mr. Sebastian Weigle is on the podium. COMMANDOpera highly recommends this brilliant rarity to anyone when it is mounted in proximity.
The Gambler in Frankfurt
By Crew Mantle | Published: December 13, 2012