Concerning the Role of the Chorus in Alexei Verstovsky’s Opera “Askold's Grave” (Regarding the Issue of the Concept)

Ekaterina V. Beriglazova

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This article offers an unconventional perspective of Alexei Verstovsky’s opera “Askold’s Grave”. By revealing the role of the “collective” character as represented by the chorus in the formation of the concept of opera, the author shows that Verstovsky’s opera reflected the spirit of its time no less vividly than Mikhail Glinka’s opera “A Life for the Tsar.”

Keywords: Alexei Verstovsky, “Askold's Grave”, the collective character, the operatic dramaturgical line


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