Section "Virtual exhibitions" on the site of St. Petersburg State Theater Library (https://www.exhibitions.sptl.spb.ru/) presents new exposition «Russian fairy tales at the opera».

A lot of operas based on Russian folklore were composed and staged in 18th - 19th centuries. Here only some items: "Novgorod epic hero Boleslavovich" (1786), "Brave and strong knight Ahrideich" (1787), "Epic Hero – Ilya"(1786), "The Firebird or adventures of prince Levsil" (1822), "Prince Ivan or Golden helmet" (1830), "Baba –Yaga or Ivan Tsarevich Vedding" (1824).

Visitors of the virtual exposition can dive into the world of opera fairy tales and recall the master pieces of M. I. Glinka, N. A. Rimskiy-Korsakov and A. S. Dargomyzhsky.

"Ruslan and Lyudmila", "Mermaid", "Koschei the immortal", "Golden cockerel", "Snow maiden", "Sadko" are the folklore images mostly known since childhood.

The brief information on operas is added with photos and playbills from Theater libraries collections.

Opera libretti are illustrated with sketches of well known artists A. M. Vasnetsov, A. Ya. Golovin, P. A. Grigor’ev, E. P. Ponomarev, K. A. Korovin, M. P. Klodt.

The exhibition is of interest for parents and children who are fond of opera.