GOGOL. Opera in 3 Acts and with a Prolog and an Epilog

MUSIC: Lera Auerbach
LIBRETTO: Lera Auerbach (in Russian) based on the play of the same name by Lera Auerbach


Overture – Scene 1: Lullaby for the Moon
Scene 2: In Thy Image
Scene 3: Do Not Rest in Peace

Scene 4: The Nymph

Scene 5: Running From Oneself
Scene 6: Market of Brides
Scene 7: Gogol’s Trial



  1. Nikolai Gogol (Writer) – Dramatic Baritone
  2. Bes (Lower level devil) – Dramatic Tenor
  3. Poshlust / Witch – Dramatic Soprano
  4. Death – Dramatic Contralto
  5. Maria (Servant) / Gogol’s mother / Bride No. 1 – Full lyric Soprano
  6. Nikolka – Boy Soprano
  7. Priest / Herr Doktor / Voice of Vij  Dramatic basso profondo
  8. Bride No. 2 / Voice of Nymph – Dramatic coloratura Soprano
  9. Prosecutor / Advocate – Bass-baritone/Falsetto
  10. Judge – Countertenor
  11. Bride No. 3 – Contralto

Observers, Noses, Gogol Doubles, Mourners, Brides, Children – Choir
Violinist, Nymph, Gogol‘s demons, Mermaids, Brides, Noses – Dancers

YEAR: 2010


INSTRUMENTATION: 2(picc, alto fl).1(cor anglais).2(bass cl).alto sax.2(db bn) – 2.2.2(bass tbn).1 – timp. perc (crot, temple bl, flex, bass dr, tam-t, bells, vibr, marimba). harp. cel. piano. strings – boys’ choir, mixed choir

COMMISSION: Commissioned by the Theater an der Wien with the support of the Vienna Mozart Year 2006 and patronage by Viacheslav Sheianov in honor of Raisa Sheianova

PUBLISHER: Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski GmbH & Co. KG

PREMIERE: 15 November 2011, Vienna • Theater an der Wien

Musical direction: Vladimir Fedoseyev
Staging: Christine Mielitz
Stage: Johannes Leiacker
Costumes: Kaspar Glarner
Light: Stefan Bolliger
Choreography: Arila Siegert
Dramaturgy: Christian Baier
Commissioned work and a new production of the Theater an der Wien

Gogol: Martin Winkler Gogol: Otto Katzameier
Bes: Ladislav Elgr
Poshlust, Hexe: Natalia Ushakova
Tod: Stella Grigorian
Nikolka: Sebastian Schaffer | Florian Lienhart
Maria, Gogol’s Mother, Braid No. 1: Tatiana Plotnikova
Priest, Herr Doktor, Voice of Vij: Deyan Vatchkov
Brais No. 2, Voice of Nymph: Anna Gorbachyova
Braid No. 3: Iwona Sakowicz
Judge: Tim Severloh
Prosecutor | Advocate: Falko Hönisch
Nymph: Maria Peniaz
Nymph: Barbora Kohoutková

Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Choir: Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Kinderchor: Grazer Kapellknaben und Mozart Knabenchor Wien