Le Coq d'or

Kazakstan / 2013-2018
© Philippe Chancel

The Golden Cockerel


Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
    whose1 intermission (s) 35 min
  • In Russian
  • Subtitled

Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera,  this masterpiece was censored by Russia’s Imperial family. A satirical take on power and warlike ambition, it  opened up traditional Russian opera to include music from the East.

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Lying in bed, Tsar Dodon dreams of retirement. The problem is, people keep invading his country. His astrologer offers him a golden cockerel with magical powers, a weather vane which indicates from which direction danger will come. In his case, it will be from the East in the shape of a charming oriental princess determined to conquer his kingdom.

Monstrous tsar 
The Golden Cockerel is a satirical combination of Rimsky-Korsakov’s work and a century of Russian opera. The composer uses the more outlandish elements of Pushkin's story to create multiple comic situations, with nods and winks to Russian culture. When he shows Dodon as a Don Quixote-like figure, suffering from oblomovism, Rimsky-Korsakov is mocking the Tsars. And by developing the Oriental theme — much more than Pushkin does — he is not just using the music to enhance the mysterious oriental princess’s powers of seduction: he is also introducing some echoes of the Russo-Japanese war and the beginnings of the Revolution. Unsurprisingly the Tsar of the time, Nicholas II, largely censored the work and Rimsky-Korsakov therefore never saw his final masterpiece performed. Australian director Barrie Kosky, who is both a Russian opera aficionado and a highly skilled stage director can be trusted to bring all its symbolism and comic energy to the fore.

New production
A co-production with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence et le Komische Oper de Berlin 


Stage Director

Barrie Kosky


Rufus Didwiszus


Victoria Behr


Franck Evin


Pichler Otto

Le tsar Dodon



La reine de Chemakha


Le tsarévitch Aphron

La voix du Coq d'or

Why we love it

The Golden Cockerelis a skillful satire on power and the senselessness of war.

Why we love it

Its inspired comedy showcases the best of Russian wit.

Why we love it

This production byBarrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera, is eagerly anticipated.

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