Rimsky-Korsakov Brings 'Christmas Eve' to the Opera

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THE HIT SINGLE: "Vakula and the Slippers"

Rimsky's Christmas Eve may be most familiar from a suite of orchestral excerpts from the score that's sometimes heard in the concert hall.  One of those passages is heard as Vakula makes his way back home, carrying the precious slippers. As heard in the opera itself, it benefits from the participation of the chorus, heard as Vakula is arriving and bells announce the dawn of Christmas Day. 


THE B SIDE: "Oksana's Aria"

In the final scene, not knowing Vakula has returned, Oksana (soprano Anna Pegova) sings a melancholy aria, realizing that she has loved Vakula all along and regretting that she ever sent him away.