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THE GAMBLER

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Opera in four acts
Music by Prokofiev
Libretto by THE COMPOSER after Dostoevsky
Sung in Russian gramophone records
For his libretto. Prokofiev himself adapted Dostoevsky's long short-story. He compressed the action, discarded the perhaps over-explanatory final chapters, and stripped the plot down to its bare essentials: the barbed love-hate relationship between Polina, who has Riven herself to a somewhat dubious ' Marquis ' In order to finance her step-father's infatuation with a demi-mondaine, and Alexei. the young tutor. It is Atexei who naively imagines that his winnings at the roulette table will help Polina to wipe out her sense of humiliation.
Cost in order of singing:
Gamblers, croupiers, footmen. waiters, porters
CHORUS and Orchestra OF Soviet RADIO
Conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
The action takes place In the Imaginary Rhineland town of Roulettenberg. in Lbe year 1866.
ACT 1
The gardens of a large hotel
.41' ACT 2
The main hall of the hotel

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Conducted By: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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