"Ruslan and Lyudmila" of the new millennium sounds amazingly light: Vladimir Yurovsky's musical interpretation has stripped Glinka's music of grandiosity. Lightness is the key word for staging this enormous opera, which, despite all respect and admiration, could be criticized for its amorphous plot. Albina Shagimuratova as Lyudmila and Mikhail Petrenko as Ruslan effortlessly narrate the thrilling love-adventure story. With the same ease, American Charles Workman as Finn and Elena Zaremba as Faina portray a couple whose relationship has weathered disappointments. By the way, this is also Chernyakov's most frivolously erotic production. Temptation lies at the heart of "Ruslan and Lyudmila," a mischievous, spicy, intelligent, and utterly contemporary opera.
3 hours 17 minutes