Uploaded on Mar 19, 2008
Words: Simon Nicholson
Music: Gary Carpenter Kirov: Damian Thantrey Olga Tomsk: Stephanie Corley Maria Popinova: Susan Atherton Nyanyushka tells the story of a man, left to fend for himself in post
revolution Russia, who yearns for the care of his Nyanushka once again. Simon Nicholson writes: "I'd read about the peasant nannies of Tsarist Russia some time ago.
Adored by the noble children they suckled and reared, they were nonetheless
servants: penniless, illiterate women who usually lived out their entire
lives on the estate on which they were born. When Gary approached me about
the project, I remembered this material, and for some reason found myself
wondering what might have happened to these women after the 1917 revolution.
I thought up a story. It had the somewhat grotesque tone of some early
Soviet writers (Mayakovsky, Bulgakov, Erdman) and that provided a good clue
for how to write the libretto. A lthough it proved impossible to resist
references to a certain 1960's musical film as well..." Gary Carpenter writes: "My references arrived with Simon's libretto. Set at a time when the
influence of Diaghilev's coterie of disaffected Russian emigrés was still
felt everywhere except Russia, I tinkered around the edges of Mussorgsky and
early Stravinsky. In the spirit of the piece, I confess to one quotation."
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