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The Fiery Angel (1993)

Serge Prokofiev's enigmatic work, this is a tale of the supernatural, religious hysteria and demonic possession which is set in Germany at the time of The Inquisition.


Brian Large


Valery Briusov (novel), Sergei Prokofiev (libretto)




Credited cast:
Sergei Leiferkus Sergei Leiferkus ... Ruprecht
Galina Gorchakova Galina Gorchakova ... Renata
Konstantin Pluzhnikov Konstantin Pluzhnikov ... Mephistopheles
Sergei Alexashkin Sergei Alexashkin ... Faust
Vladimir Galouzine Vladimir Galouzine ... Agrippa Nettesheim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Acrobats The Acrobats ... St. Petersburg Maryinsky Acrobatic Troupe
Gennady Bezzubenkov Gennady Bezzubenkov ... Neighbour
Yevgeny Boitsov Yevgeny Boitsov ... Jakob Glock
Mikhail Chernozhukov Mikhail Chernozhukov ... Neighbour
Larissa Diadkova Larissa Diadkova ... Fortuneteller
Yevgeny Fedotov Yevgeny Fedotov ... Host
Tatiana Filimonova Tatiana Filimonova ... Young Nun
Andrei Karabanov Andrei Karabanov ... Neighbour
Mikhail Kit Mikhail Kit ... Porter
Tatiana Kravtsova Tatiana Kravtsova ... Young Nun


Serge Prokofiev's enigmatic work, this is a tale of the supernatural, religious hysteria and demonic possession which is set in Germany at the time of The Inquisition.

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convent | nun | opera | based on novel | See All (4) »




Russia | UK



Release Date:

24 December 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Огненный ангел See more »

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RM Associates See more »
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1996: Winner of The Gramophone Opera of the Year Award. See more »

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Like the opera, a flaming spectacle of a production
10 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Fiery Angel is one of my personal favourite operas of the 20th century. It is demoniacally dramatic with so much depth in its symbolism, and Prokoviev's music is some of the most blistering and witty that he wrote ever. And what an amazing production this is. It looks wonderful, bizarre and magical all at once to match exactly the structure of the opera's libretto. The orchestral playing make the score wild and spooky yet very dramatic and witty at the same time with plenty of dynamic contrast, adept balance and hauntingly beautiful tone. Valery Gergiev's conducting adds a lot to this, I find his conducting of Russian opera truly remarkable and very authentic, and here in The Fiery Angel there is no exception to that. He allows for the balances to come through and comes across as disciplined yet loving of the music he conducts, which are always great qualities to have in a conductor. The staging is intense and moving in equal measures. The performances are just great, the standout being Galina Gorchakova in the fiendishly demanding role of Renata, mainly because the character is so complex, her performance vocally and dramatically is faultless. Sergei Leiferkus is every bit as outstanding as Ruprecht, he is a powerful presence and he sings with security. Konstantin Pluzhnikov is an imposing Mephistopheles as well, while Vladmir Galouzine sings strongly in his role as well. All in all, a flaming spectacle both as an opera and as a production. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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