Fiddler on the Homeland
Okay, here's another international production of Fiddler on the Roof, but one I especially wanted to post since I find it particularly appropriate. The story of the musical takes place is Russia, as you no doubt are aware, and this is about as close to that as I've come across. It's from the Estonian National Opera.
Estonia was an independent nation that had been occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. However, it regained its independence in 1991 after the breakup of the USSR.
The production comes from 1990. The performers here, playing Tevye and his wife Golde singing "Do You Love Me?", are Jüri Krjukov as Tevye and Helgi Sallo. When I first saw the description, I mis-read things and thought it said that Krjukov was one of the most beloved performers in Estonia. He does a nice job here, but it was Helgi Sallo as Golde who I thought was particularly wonderful. Then I re-read things, and it turns out that while Jüri Krjukov was a well-regarded actor from the Estonian Drama Theatre, it was indeed Ms. Sallo who was so beloved, performing for half a century in operas, operettas, musicals (including starring in Hello, Dolly!), drama plays and TV series..
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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