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Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Music title: Sadko (1897)
Librettist: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Librettist: Vladimir Vasil'yevich Stasov
Librettist: Vasily Yastrebtsev
Librettist: Nikolay Shtrup
Librettist: Nikolay Findeyzen
Librettist: Vladimir Nikolayevich Bel'sky
Work definition: Opera-bïlina in three or five acts
Based on: Based on the ballad 'Sadko, bogatïy gost' ('Sadko, the Rich Trader') and other old ballads and tales.
Language: Russian
Notes: 'Opera-bïlina' means 'operatically treated heroic ballad'. The work is in seven scenes, which can be grouped as 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5-7 or 1, 2 and 3, 4, 5 and 6, 7. The libretto was compiled by Rimsky Korsakov from the bïlina 'Sadko, bogatïy gost' ('Sadko, the Rich Trader') and other ancient ballads and tales with the assistance of Vladimir Vasil'yevich Stasov, Vasily Yastrebtsev, Nikolay Shtrup, Nikolay Findeyzen and Vladimir Nikolayevich Bel'sky. (Grove Dictionary of Opera)
World premiere: 26 December 1897, Savva Mamontov's Private Russian Opera, Solodovnikov Theatre, Moscow
Performances not linked to a production
1 December 1993 Evening 7.30pm Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London