The Snow Maiden (subtitle: A Spring Fairy Tale) (Russian: Снегурочка–Весенняя сказка, Snegúrochka–Vesennyaya Skazka) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880–1881. The Russian libretto, by the composer, is based on the like-named play by Alexander Ostrovsky (which had premiered in 1873 with incidental music by Tchaikovsky). The first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg on 29 January 1882 (OS; 10 February NS) conducted by Eduard Nápravník. By 1898 it was revised in the edition known today. It remained the composer's own favorite work. WIKIPEDIA Suite from the opera The Snow Maiden includes: Introduction Dance of the Birds Procession of Tsar Berendey (Cortege) Dance of the Skomorokhi (Dance of the Tumblers)  

VIDEO: Austin Civic Orchestra, December 2, 2012 concert at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin TX. ACO performing The Snow Maiden Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Lois Ferrari conducting.

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