from Act I of the Russian|French opera Le Coq d'Or (Zolotoy Pyetushok)
by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto: Vladimir Bielsky
Role: The Astrologer
, royal astrologer and narrator of the opera
Voice Part: tenor Fach: tenor leggiero|male contralto
Setting: the court of King Dodon
Synopsis: King Dodon and his ministers are discussing the best methods to protect the kingdom from possible invasions. The Astrologer appears and declares that he has a solution to he problem. He presents the king with a magic golden cockerel that will crow any time the kingdom is threatened. The Astrologer notes that having this cockerel will calm the King's nerves because he will not always have to be on guard against invaders.