Dating to 1755, it was the first opera written in the Russian language.
Araja composed the opera to a Russian libretto by Alexander Sumarokov after the Metamorphoses of Ovid.
Libretto by Alexander Sumarokov
Artistic Director: Andrey Reshetin
Director: Danila Vedernikov
Choreographer: Klaus Abromeit
Costume Designer: Larissa Pogoretskaya
In cooperation with the “Baroque Ballet Angiolini” (Saint Petersburg)
The story of Cephalus and Prokris, who were ready to destroy their matrimonial vows and later happily forgive each other, thus far random tragic finale does not separate them (hunting Cephalus mistakenly pierces his wife with the spear) was transformed by Sumarokov into something quite different. His libretto is the story of devoted love and the tragic fate of two heroes. Being separated, they severely suffer and do not search for compromises. Cephalus, stolen directly from the wedding ceremony in the temple, rejects the love of the powerful goddess Aurora. But meanwhile Prokris, suffering from jealousy, is moving towards her inevitably death: Cephalus, aimed supposedly at the beast, mortally wounds his own wife.