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Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina from State to Stage

Inna Naroditskaya


Woven into history and opera, the story of Russia’s “women’s kingdom” and a nationalist male narrative dialogued across two centuries. Russian eighteenth century female tsars endorsed opera; Catherine II penned half a dozen libretti and oversaw their production. Sharing an arena of performativity with imperial genres—coronations, princely weddings, parades, masquerades—eighteenth-century Russian opera reveals striking reciprocity between state and stage. Operatic choruses praised the empresses as Olympic gods, heroes, or idyllic heroines; Eastern armies on the stage submitted to Russia’s rule, ... More

Keywords: tsarina, patriarchy, nationalism, Slava, performativity, Russian opera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195340587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Inna Naroditskaya, author
Northwestern Univeristy