Opera "The Gamblers" (unfinished) with the text of N. Gogol's play by the same name (8 scenes).
December 1941-end of 1942.
Premieres: as a concert performance in G. Rozhdestvensky's version - September 18, 1978 in the Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia.
Performed by the troupe of the Moscow Chamber Music Theatre and the symphony orchestra of the Leningrad State Philharmonia. Conductor G. Rozhdestvensky.
June 12, 1983 in the opera theatre of the town of Wuppertal (West Germany) the premiere of the stage version of the opera "The Gamblers" was presented in the version of the Polish composer K. Meyer, who had completed the music.
Manuscripts: family archive.
First Edition: Score. D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 23, Moscow, 1986.
Score and piano score, "Sovietsky kompozitor" Publishers, 1981.
"I started to write this opera in the wrong way. I decided to use Gogol's text without altering it, keeping in every single word. When I had written about ten pages of Gogol's text, it turned out that I already had fifty minutes of music... and there were at least another thirty pages to go!"
(Interview with Royal Brown. New York. June 13, 1973 Record set: "Dmitri Shostakovich speaks" - "Melodia", Moscow, 40-41705-12)