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Georgian Opera in Moscow

Daisi: opera v 3 d. [Daisi: an opera in 3 acts]. Dekada gruzinskogo iskusstva v Moskve [A decade of Georgian art in Moscow; series title].

Tbilisi: tip. izd-va "Tekhnika da Shroma", 1936. Large octavo (26 × 17 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 23, [4] pp. One color plate showing a set design by Simon Virsaladze. Very good.

Libretto for the romantic opera Daisi (Twilight), the first Georgian opera written entirely in the Soviet period. The opera originally premiered in Tbilisi in 1923, with this 1937 performance in Moscow being the Russian language premiere. The action is set in the 18th century, but the central themes of the opera, the choice between romantic love and patriotic duty, were an especially good fit for the Soviet cultural climate of the 1930s. The music from the opera has become so iconic that excerpts from the score have become a part of the contemporary Georgian national anthem. The composer of the work, Zakaria Paliashvili (1871 -1933), is considered the father of Georgian classical music, with the Tbilisi opera theater named after him as of 1937. The sets for the performance were designed by the prominent Georgian set designer Simon Virsalidze (1909-1989), with one image of his set design included in the brochure. Virsalidze studied at the Tbilisi Arts Academy and later at VKhUTEIN in Moscow, eventually becoming the chief designer of The Mariinsky Theater in Leningrad and later heading the stage design team at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The libretto, was written by Valerian Gunia (1862-1938), a Georgian actor and playwright, who initially suggested the theme of the opera to Paliashvili.

As of April 2021, KVK and OCLC show only one copy, in Marburg.

Book ID: 50975

Price: $350.00