This video of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila is a joy. In an interview with Valery Gergiev at the end I learned that Anna Netrebko was a mere 23 at the time, infancy in singer’s years. She was chosen for her voice, for her youth and for her beauty.
I learned also that the production was a reproduction of a production from 1892. I particularly like the way this looks—very much like a fairy tale.
I saw this live in San Francisco in 1995, also with Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko, and with the same production. We were thrilled and loved Anna instantly.