Sergei Prokofiev in Mariinsky Theatre - mid November, 1908

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 13 November 1908, page 68:

The following day Vasily happened to offer me a pass for the dress rehearsal of 'Judith*' with Chaliapin at the Mariinsky Theatre, which had just begun, and Esche** happened to be there. 'Why don't you come with me, I'll take you,' I said. At first she was reluctant, saying that she would not be allowed in, but soon allowed herself to be persuaded and we set off. We got in without too much difficulty, and sat together in the stalls. I was bored to tears: the opera is dreary beyond words and Chaliapin was not singing well. Esche was not concentrating, spending most of her time ogling the …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 13 November 1908. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 68. accessed: 15 July, 2024

location of experience: Mariinsky Theatre


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Alexander Serov
performed by Feodor Chaliapin

Experience Information

Date/Time mid November, 1908
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* 1862 opera by Alexander Serov (1820 - 1871) ** Prokofiev's classmate Sofia Esche, who he appears to have had a sporadic romantic interest in.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:59:53 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:31:15 +0100