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Mamontovs’ Moscow mansion and subsequently blossomed in Mamontov’s Private Opera (1885-91; 1896-99), laid the initial foundations for a cardinal transformation in the staging practices of performances on the professional and Imperial stages. The Church of the Spas nerukotvornyi [Savior Not Made by Human

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to compete with the Imperial theaters. In the first year of Mamontov’s Private Opera, twenty operas were staged by Mamontov under the name “Krotkov’s Private Opera.” 15 Russian composers were represented by Aleksandr Dargomyzhski, Mikhail Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Aleksandr Serov. The majority of

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performance. Thanks to this principle, the newest achievements in easel painting were instantly synthesized into stage design. “Aesthetics Lessons” at Mamontov’s Private Opera In 1885 the theatrical activities of the Abramtsevo circle went beyond home performances, and from that point onwards were staged at

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compartments of the imagination.” 8 Olga Haldey similarly identifies the beginnings of a recognizable self-Orientalizing aesthetic in the activities of the Abramtsevo artistic circle and Mamontov’s Private Opera, and traces a direct link between them and Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes productions, such as

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. Edited by Victor Herdt and Bietmar Nettz . Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag , 2010 . 308 pp. (no price) . Haldey , Olga . Mamontov’s Private Opera: Th e Search for Modernism in Russian Th eater . Bloomington and Indianapolis : Indianapolis University Press , 2010 . xvi , 354 pp. $44.95 . Hanson , Stephen

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, the Abramtsevo circle enjoyed their own amateur production. 21 Mamontov was impressed to such an extent that he decided to stage his own production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera. The premiere followed in 1885 in Mamontov’s Private Opera in Moscow. 22 Vasnetsov was once more commissioned with

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Museum-Reserve Abramtsevo, Russia. Photo © Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve Abramtsevo 62 5 Viktor Vasnetsov, Underwater Kingdom , 1884, study for the backdrop of Aleksandr Dargomyzhskii’s opera Rusalka [The Mermaid], Mamontov’s Private Opera, watercolor on

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had been limited to early forays into costume design for Savva Mamontov’s private opera productions, as well as sewing costumes from designs by Vasilii Polenov and Viktor Vasnetsov. 6 After arriving at the colony in 1882, along with designing for the workshop, her energies were focused on other

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sensation. In 1885, Rimsky-Korsakov’s version premiered in Mamontov’s Private Opera in Moscow. This production, with the stage design prepared by Vasnetsov, Isaac Levitan, and Konstantin Korovin, elicited a better reaction from the audiences; several newspapers even recommended that the opera be included

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