Noch' Pered Rozhdestvom
Solokha, a witch, has taken a fancy to the elderly Cossak Chub, but is
greatly hampered by her son Vakula's courtship of Oxana, the Cossak's
daughter. Anticipating that during Chub's visit to the sacristan there
will be a meeting between the lovers, Solokha arranges with the Devil,
whose ire has been aroused by a caricature drawn by Vakula on the wall
of the village church, to steal the moon and stars. In the darkness
Chub, travelling in a circle, arrives back home and is refused admittance
by Vakula, who imagines him to be a rival. Meanwhile, Oxana accepts
Vakula on condition that he will secure for her a pair of the Empress's
shoes. Nothing daunted, Vakula seeks the Imperial Presence, and is duly
rewarded, first with the shoes, and then by his lady's favour.
synopsis by M. Montagu Nathan, Rimsky-Korsakof, Duffield & Co.,
New York, 1917.
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