Libretto by composer and Mira Medelson-Prokofiev
Prokofiev captures Tolstoy's insight into human nature, chosing key moments to reflect private and public destinies against a background of Russia under threat. This production was mounted when Russia was again undergoing momentous changes. Stars Nicolai Othotnikov, Alexander Gergalov, and Yelena Prochina. With soloists, chorus, and orchestra of the Kirov Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev.