Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 31 December, 1912

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 31 December 1912, pages 280-281:

Max called for me in a taxi in the evening and we went to the Artistic Opera Company's production of Meistersinger. Playing through the piano reduction earlier in the day I had been overwhelmed by it and even thought it Wagner's best opera. But now, seeing it on the stage for the first time, I experienced a slight feeling of disappointment. First of all, it is so unbelievably long that fatigue and boredom inevitably set in, particularly in the first act where the material is less absorbing than it is in the succeeding acts. Secondly, there is the almost total lack of dramatic action and the…   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 31 December 1912. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 280-281. accessed: 2 June, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
written by Richard Wagner
performed by The Artistic Opera Company

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 December, 1912
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:51:18 +0100
Approved on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:02:17 +0100