Rogneda

Rogneda

 

Date of birth unknown; died in 1000. Daughter of Prince Rogvolod of Polotsk, wife of Grand Prince Vladimir Sviatoslavich of Kiev, and mother of Prince Iziaslav Vladimiro-vich. In the late 970’s, according to the chronicle, Rogneda refused to marry Vladimir Sviatoslavich, who at the time was prince of Novgorod. In about 980, Vladimir captured Polotsk, killed Rogneda’s father and two brothers, and forcibly married her, giving her the name of Gorislava.

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One opera, for instance, was Rogneda by Aleksandr Nikolayevich Serov, which was favored by the Tzar and the court and was literally considered to be an ideal Russian opera.
Sorochintsi Fair is more in the tradition of Serov's Rogneda (1865) (praised by Gogol as a 'civic deed', this opera gained Serov a lifetime state pension) and Tchaikovsky's Vakula the Smith, an opera based on Gogol's 'Christmas Eve', a story that, according to Taruskin, 'can be read as an allegory in praise of the beneficent autocracy' (originally commissioned by the Grand Duchess Yelena Pavlovna from Serov, who died before he could write the opera).