Here are some other lesser-known Russian operas which are well worth getting to know , either on CD or DVD.
Tchaikovsky : Mazeppa . The Maid of Orleans . The Enchantress. Iolanta .
Mussorgsky : The Fair At Sorochinsk . Anton Rubinstein: The Demon.
Prokofiev : Betrothal in a Monastary . Semyon Kotko . The Story of a Real man .
Rimsky-Korsakov : May Night. The Snow Maiden . Sadko. The Maid of Pskov . Mozart &Salieri .
Glinka: A Life for the Tsar . Of these, Gergiev has recorded Mazeppa, Iolanta, Betrothal, Semyon Kotko,
Sadko and the Maid of Pskov for Philips, and now that Philips is no more, some of his Russian opera recordings are being reissued on Decca . Neeme Jarvi has recorded Mazeppa for DG , and the Demon is on a Marco Poplo CD which I have .
I got to know The Maid of orleans long ago on LP with a Melodiya/CBS recording with the late Irina Arkhipova with Rozhdestvesnky conducting , and the Enchantress also on Melodiya/CBS , the Sorochinsky Fair on Melodiya.EMI LP,
the Snow Maiden on Melodiya /CBS LP, and May Night on a DG LP .
Alll of these should be reissued on CD , and if they are, by all means get them right away .
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)
Thanks Alma, I didn't know this. I'll see, though, my DVD player is 5 or 6 years old.