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Georgian Opera in Moscow

Keto i Kote: opera v 4 d. [Keto and Kote: an opera in 4 acts]. Dekada gruzinskogo iskusstva v Moskve [A decade of Georgian art in Moscow; series title].

Tbilisi: tip. izd-va "Tekhnika da Shroma", 1936. Octavo (25 × 17.5 cm). Original pictorial; 23, [3] pp. One leaf of illustration. Front wrapper chipped; else about very good.

Libretto for the first Georgian opera buffa composed by the Georgian and Ossetian composer Victor Dolidze (1890-1933), who also wrote the libretto, based on a popular 19th century comedy “Khanuma”. The operetta originally premiered in Tbilisi in 1919, with the Moscow premiere in 1924. This pamphlet was published for the Decade of Georgian Art in Moscow, which took place in Winter 1936-1937, showcasing Georgian dance and performing arts, including this touring performance by the newly re-named Paliashvili Theater of Opera and Ballet. The artistic director for this performance was Lado Gudiashvili (1896-1980), one of the most prominent Georgian artists of his time who worked simultaneously in painting, graphic arts and stage design. Closely associated with the Georgian symbolist group “The Blue Horns” in the 1910s, Gudiashvili eventually studied in Paris (1921-1926), working in stage design until his return to Georgia in 1926. The wrappers to this pamphlet are inspired by Gudashvili’s work, which blended realism with comic grotesque.

As of April 2021, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50955

Price: $250.00