The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
13, 16, 22, 26 and 30 April 2014

The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh

The eternal dream of the Slavic soul

An innocent country girl named Fevroniya saves her town from a Tartar attack: she makes a wish, the wish comes true, and Kitezh becomes invisible.  But there is a secret gate into the city... Rimsky-Korsakov composed a veritable musical monument to the Slavic soul dreamed of by Tolstoy. In the eternal debate between West and East, he opted clearly for the latter, complete with its mysteries and its ancestral legends.  The score, which has Wagnerian ambitions, draws on the heritage of the Russian musical tradition, both popular and religious, and the true leading role belongs to the people (the chorus). Somewhat surprisingly, the opera has close links with the Liceu: the first production outside Russia was staged here and for a whole decade (1926-36) it was by far the Barcelona audience's favourite work. 

Four-act opera. Libretto by Vladimir Ivanovich Belsky based on I. S. Meledin's Kitezh Chronicle, the novel In the forests by Pavel Ivanovich Melnikov, songs and epic poems collected by Kirsha Danilov, and various popular tales. Music by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Premiered on 20 February 1907 at the Mariinski Theatre in Saint Petersburg. First performance at  the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 2 January 1926. Most recent performance  at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 25 January 1970.

Award for the staging


April 2014
Sunday 13 17:00 T
Wednesday 16 20:00 A
Tuesday 22 20:00 D
Saturday 26 20:00 C
Wednesday 30 20:00 H


First part, 68 min.
Pause, 30 min.
Second part, 64 min.
Pause, 20 min.
Third part, 52 min.

Total: 4 h

Audio-description service

30 April 2014
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Information session

Forty-five minutes before each performance, an information session about the opera, open to all  members of the audience, will be held in the Foyer.