Offers a critical and contextual study of the last four operas of Prokofiev, the leading opera composer in Stalin's Soviet Union.
1. Semyon Kotko and the melodrama of high Stalinism;
2. Buffered by Buffa: Betrothal in a Monastery;
3. Kutuzov's victory, Prokofiev's defeat: the revisions of War and Peace;
4. The Story of a Real Man and late Stalinist subjectivity; Conclusion.
Nathan Seinen is Assistant Professor of Musicology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in Music & Letters and the Cambridge Opera Journal, and he is the 2010 recipient of the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society.