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The Scientific Opinion №7-8 (Psycho-pedagogical and philosophy of science), 2019

Mastering the Historical Context in Russian Operas of the 19th Century as a Pathway for Creating an Artistic Image of a Vocalist

Liu Yawei
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The paper is devoted to the problem of studying the historical context in Russian 
operas as a necessary factor in creating a full-fl edged stage image for a vocalist. The 
paper is based on the fundamental research in this area by Russian musicologists, his-
torians and cultural scientists; in Chinese scientifi c thought, this problem has not yet 
been refl ected. The historical context is considered in two Russian operas: “Eugene 
Onegin” by P.I. Tchaikovsky and “The Tsar’s Bride” by N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, which 
give quite contrasting ideas about the historical time of different eras. In the “Eugene 
Onegin” opera, the emphasis is made on contrasting the provincial landlord life and 
the capital city of St. Petersburg. As a special sign of the time, the author considers 
the duel between Lensky and Onegin: as a socially signifi cant phenomenon and as a 
tragedy of human relations. In the opera “The Tsar’s Bride”, the study of the historical 
context focuses on the special phenomena under the reign of Ivan the Terrible: the 
oprichnina, the bride’s viewing, and the tragic outcome of love relationships of the 
main characters. To understand and express the whole depth of the historical truth in 
these operas is not an easy task for the singer-vocalist. Studying the historical truth 
in each opera will help create a full-fl edged stage image.
Keywords: singer, vocalist, Russian opera, history, context, artistic image, duel, oprichnina, bride viewing, tragedy.
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