(My thanks are due to Richard Swift, who provided most of the information below)
23 June 1940: World premičre at the Moscow Stanislavsky, Nemirovich-Danchenko Opera & Ballet Theatre. Mikhail N. Zhukov, who nearly twenty years later would conduct the first recording for Moscow radio, conducted the orchestra. (Russia).
1957: a considerably curtailed concert performance took place in Moscow with the Ensemble of Soviet Opera (VTO) and soloists, most of whom would also be performing in the Zhukov recording of 1959. (Russia).
17 May 1959: Brno, Janacekova Divadlo [Janacek Theatre] (Czechoslovakia). Brno already had a special relationship with Prokofiev’s music as it was first to perform the ballet Romeo and Juliet in December 1938, whereas the first Russian performance would take place as late as January 1940 with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.
12 April 1960: Perm, Tchaikovsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia). In this city, which sits on the Western flank of the Ural mountains, Prokofiev had completed Cinderella in 1943. The same company offered the first Soviet production of The Fiery Angel in 1987.
11 June 1960: Leningrad, Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, (Russia).
26 May 1962: Karl-Marx-Stadt (now called Chemnitz), Stadtische Theater, (DDR).
November 4 1962: Dresden, Staatstheater Dresden, (DDR).
2 February 1963: Ostrava National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, (Czechoslovakia).
3 May 1964: Tbilisi, Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre, (Georgia), where surprisingly no opera or even ballet by Prokofiev had ever been performed before.
11 February 1965: Sofia, Narodna Opera, (Bulgaria).
2 March 1967: Donetsk, State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, (Ukraine).
4 April 1970: Moscow, First production of the Bolshoi Theatre, (Russia).
25 March 1977: LIBEREC, Státní Divadlo, (Czechoslovakia).
25 March 1977: RUSE, Narodna Opera, (Bulgaria).
26 October 1977: ODESSA, Opera and Ballet Theatre, (Ukraine).
4 November 1977: PRAGUE, Smetana Divadlo [Smetana Theatre], (Czechoslovakia).
8 June 1999: St Petersburg’s second production at the Mariinsky Theatre was preceded by a concert performance on 29 June1998. (Russia). In July 2000 this production was brought to London, Covent Garden, (UK), and was finally introduced to New York as part of the Anniversary celebrations, in July 2003, (USA).
According to Richard Swift, to this day there have been over 280 staged performances of Semyon Kotko since its 1940 premičre, mostly within the former Soviet bloc. (Back)
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