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Russian Music since 1917Reappraisal and Rediscovery$
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Patrick Zuk and Marina Frolova-Walker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266151

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.001.0001

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The Stalinist Opera Project

The Stalinist Opera Project

(p.164) Chapter 8 The Stalinist Opera Project
Russian Music since 1917

Yekaterina Vlasova

British Academy

This chapter focuses on the concerted attempts made during the Stalinist era to create a repertory of new Soviet operas on Socialist Realist lines—a project in which the dictator is known to have attached great importance. In spite of the resources lavished on the Bolshoi Theatre to help it realise this aim, the project proved an abysmal failure: scarcely any of the works commissioned made it onto the stage, either because of their artistic mediocrity or because they fell foul of the censor. This episode is a dramatic illustration of the counterproductive effects of state interference in artistic life.

Keywords:   Soviet opera, Bolshoi Theatre, Stalin and the arts, censorship, Socialist Realism

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