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Cherevichki is the revised version of Vakula the Smith

Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Librettists: Yakov Polonsky & Nikolay Chayev
The devil, humiliated by his depiction in a church mural, plots revenge on Vakula by ruining his secret tryst with the capricious Oxana. The witch Solokha, Vakula’s mother, simultaneously entertaining several admirers including Oxana’s father Chub and the devil, hurriedly hides them in sacks. As Vakula unknowingly carries the men from Solokha’s house Oxana taunts him, demanding he obtain the Empress’s shoes before she’ll marry him. Discovering the concealed devil Vakula demands he whisk him to St Petersburg where the Empress generously donates her footwear! Returning home Vakula wins the contrite Oxana’s heart, while Solokha partners Chub amidst general rejoicing.


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