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Rodion Shchedrin "Lolita" (opera in three acts)

Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Performed in Russian, with syncronized English supertitles

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Music and libretto by Rodion Shchedrin after Vladimir Nabokov’s eponymous novel

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Conductor: Sergey Neller
Stage Director: Sláva Daubnerová
Set Designer: Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer: Natalia Kitamikado
Lighting Designer: Daniel Tesař
Video Designers: Jakub Gulyás, Dominik Žižka
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva
Chorus Master: Pavel Teplov


Musical materials provided by SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co, Mainz (Germany)

Original production produced by the National Theatre in Prague (2019)
World premiere: 14 December 1994, Royal Swedish Opera (in Swedish language)
Premiere of this production: 3 October 2019, National Theatre, Prague
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 13 February 2020, St Petersburg

Running time 2 hours 55 minutes
The performance has one interval

The theatre's administration kindly asks patrons to note that under-18s will not be admitted to the auditorium

Age category: 18+


Humbert Humbert, a 37-year-old European intellectual and literary critic is attracted to young girls. After renting a flat in a small American town, he meets his landlady Charlotte Haze’s 12-year-old daughter, Lolita. A great passion towards the teenage girl overtakes him. So as to become closer to Lolita, Humbert marries her mother. Humbert’s journal, including a description of his true feelings towards Lolita, fall into Charlotte’s hands; shocked, she runs out of the house and is run over by a passing automobile. Custody over Charlotte falls unto Humbert, who under the pretense of caring for his stepdaughter undertakes a road-trip with her across America. Having gotten closer to Lolita, Humbert keeps her by his side with threats and gifts. Finding the right moment, Lolita runs away to the popular dramatist Clare Quilty, who in turn forces her to act in pornographic films. Humbert searches for Lolita, but to no avail. Three years later, he receives a letter from his already grown-up stepdaughter, requesting money: she is married, with child, and in debt. Humbert goes to Lolita, hoping to get her back, but is rejected. After finding out that Quilty stole Lolita from him, Humbert finds his foe and murders him. For the corruption of a minor and murder, the criminal must stand before court. Awaiting his trial, the “white widowed male” writes his confession, however, before the trial, he dies from a stroke. Having given birth to a stillborn, Lolita too dies thereafter.

Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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