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01 Mar 2006

Cri de Coeur

Tchaikovsky’s epic nationalist drama Mazeppa has its Met broadcast premiere this month. Does the opera offer clues about its composer’s own dark nights of the soul? GRANT HAYTER-MENZIES looks at the evidence.

[Opera News, 1 March 2006]

Mazeppa is, paradoxically, an opera rich with utter loss: a father loses a daughter, then his life; a woman loses her lover, then her reason; a patriot loses his country and the woman for whom he risked everything.

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