Sergei Prokofiev in Chicago Opera - 29 November, 1921, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 29 November 1921, page 635:

In the evening Garden's sister (I believe she is engaged to Baklanov) invited me to her boxto hear Monna Vanna, but seemed rather put out when I criticised the music of the opera and professed myself astonished that singers as good as Garden, Baklanov and Muratore would waste their efforts on such rubbish. Incidentally, also in the cast were my royal characters, the Prince and the King. The Prince looks like an oil painting but in the large theatre auditorium neither voice sounded as good as they had seemed to me in the rehearsal rooms.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 29 November 1921, p. 635. accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Chicago Opera


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Monna Vanna
written by Henri FĂ©vrier
performed by Grigory Baklanov, Lucien Muratore, Mary Garden

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 November, 1921, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


Monna Vanna, 1909 opera/lyric drama after Maeterlinck's play of the same name.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:43:27 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:08:58 +0100