Mazeppa By Pyotr Tychaikovsky Gaiety Theatre, Dublin March 1 Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan

7th March, 2009

This powerful political tale of love, violence and betrayal from 15thcentury Russia is regarded as one of Tchaikovsky’s finest opera works, and this production by Opera Ireland was stirring and often harrowing.

Director Dieter Kaegi updated the action - not always convincingly - to the Stalinist era. But, as with many of Russia’s great political upheavals, it is the human dramas within that grab the imagination.

At the centre of the...

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