SADKO

PREMIERE
PARIS, 6 JUNE 1911

SCENERY & COSTUMES

BORIS ANISFELD AND LÉON BAKST

MUSIC
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (SCENE 6 FROM THE OPERA)

CHOREOGRAPHY
MICHEL FOKINE


PREMIERE
MANHATTAN, 9 OCTOBER 1916

SCENERY & COSTUMES

NATALIA GONCHAROVA (WITH 1911 SET BY BORIS ANISFELD)

MUSIC
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (SCENE 6 FROM THE OPERA)

CHOREOGRAPHY
ADOLPH BOLM

Sadko is a poor minstrel from Novgorod in Russia. His friends ignore his songs, so he sings them alone beside Lake Ilmen. Princess Volkova, youngest daughter of the King of the Sea, is captivated by his singing and they fall in love. Later, while becalmed on board a ship, Sadko offers himself to the King of the Sea as a sacrifice to bring the winds. He descends into the watery depths and charms the King with his songs. Sadko is offered the hand of Volkova and during the courtship ceremony marine monsters dance and sing.