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Nina Rautio in The Maid of Orleans

The Maid of Orleans: Bolshoi Opera

2005 NR

Powerfully blending pageantry, realism and symbolism, this 1993 presentation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's epic opera stars gifted soprano Nina Rautio in the role of visionary medieval heroine Joan of Arc. With superb orchestral accompaniment under the baton of Alexander Lazarev, the production features tenor Oleg Kulko as France's dithering King Charles VII, Maria Gavrilowa as his longtime mistress and Gleb Nikolsky as the archbishop.