Summary Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky. Sorochinsky Fair
Opera in three acts (four scenes)
Libretto of M. P. Mussorgsky with the participation of A. A. Golenishchev-Kutuzov
Khivrya, Cherevik’s wife
Parasya, daughter of Cherevik, step-daughter of Khivri
Gritsko, a couple
Afanasy Ivanovich, Popovich
Merchants, merchants, gypsies, Jews, sailors, Cossacks, girls, guests, demons, witches, dwarfs.
Venue: the village of Great Sorochintsy near Poltava.
Time of action: the beginning of the XIX century.
A hot, sunny day. Burly noisy fair. Cherevik came here to sell wheat and mare.
Khivrya, after expelling under the plausible pretext of the spouse from home for the whole night, eagerly awaits his beloved Athanasius Ivanovich. Finally, the popovich appears, generously scattering high-pitched compliments. Khivrya tirelessly treats the guest. But courtship of the priest interrupts a knock at
The sticks led by Gypsy grab and knit Cherevik with Kum allegedly for stealing the mare. On the cleverly conceived plan of Gypsy, Gritsko plays the role of rescuer. As a reward, the couple needs to immediately play a wedding, which Cherevik gladly agrees with. In dreams of Paras, the happy bridegroom falls asleep. He dreams that Chernobog and his retinue are being catered for by a coven, which ends only with the blows of the church bell.
Parasia yearns for her sweetheart. The more joyful is the meeting of lovers. Taking advantage of the absence of Khivri, Cherevik blesses the young. Having come up inappropriately, Khivrya tries in vain to prevent them. Gypsy with a couple with a general laugh carries Khivri.