Mamontovs’ Moscow mansion and subsequently blossomed in Mamontov’sPrivateOpera (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
to compete with the Imperial theaters. In the first year of Mamontov’sPrivateOpera, 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
performance. Thanks to this principle, the newest achievements in easel painting were instantly synthesized into stage design. “Aesthetics Lessons” at Mamontov’sPrivateOpera In 1885 the theatrical activities of the Abramtsevo circle went beyond home performances, and from that point onwards were staged at
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’sPrivateOpera, and traces a direct link between them and Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes productions, such as
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, the Abramtsevo circle enjoyed their own amateur production.
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’sPrivateOpera in Moscow.
Vasnetsov was once more commissioned with
had been limited to early forays into costume design for Savva Mamontov’sprivateopera 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
In 1885, Rimsky-Korsakov’s version premiered in Mamontov’sPrivateOpera 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