“Moscow, Cheremushki”. Operetta in three acts and five scenes.
Libretto by V. Mass and M. Chervinsky.
Premiere: Moscow Operetta Theatre. January 24, 1959. Conductor G. Stolyarov. Director: V. Kandelaki.
The same year “Moscow, Cheremushki” was staged in Rostov-on-Don, Odessa, Sverdlovsk, Bratislava and Prague.
First Edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 24, Moscow, 1986.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score and piano score are in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 3, Item 22).
“It used to seem strange to me how the music of Johann Strauss or Offenbach could appeal to a serious musician. Sollertinsky helped me throw off this snobbish attitude to art and now I relish music of all genres, as long as it is real music”.
(D. Shostakovich. “Thoughts about the Road Behind me” “Sovietskaya Muzyka”, 1956, No.9)
“ ’Moscow, Cheremushki’ is my first and, I hope, not my last experiment in this appealing genre. I worked on it with real enthusiasm and lively interest. It seems to me that as a result of our joint efforts...a cheerful, merry show will come into being.”
(D. Shostakovich. “Proving up to Great Tasks”, “Sovietskaya Muzyka”, 1959, No.1)
“I regularly attend rehearsals of my operetta. I’m overcome with shame. If you are planning to come to the premiere, I advise you to think again. It’s not worth wasting time to relish my disgrace. It’s boring, feeble and stupid. That’s all I can tell you in confidence.”
(From a letter dated December 19, 1958)