3rd, 6th November 2015
Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao
Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo
Teatro Calderón, Valladolid
Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Francesc Perales, chorus master
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
José Enrique Requena
Katiuska is set at an inn on the outskirts of a small town in the Ukraine. The Bolsheviks are in power and demand very high taxes from the peasants. Hunger and war have forced many to leave the country. Pedro Stakof, a Soviet Commissar from Kiev, arrives at the small inn without revealing who he is. His mission is to arrest Prince Sergio, who has escaped now the revolution is over.
Boni, a young innkeeper, politely attends everyone at the inn. Olga, his fiancée, flirts with Pedro, making Boni jealous. Bruno Brunovich, colonel of the Cossacks appears. Boni and his aunt Tatiana pay for him to live at the inn, because one day while escaping he happened to pass by the inn and came across Boni, his old assistant. Amadeo Pich, a Catalan salesman who sells sotckings, also arrives and this creates comical confusion.
Prince Sergio seeks refuge at the inn and the peasants cheer when he arrives. He is accompanied by a mysterious young girl (Katiuska), who is dressed as a country girl and looks ill. The girl has lost all she owns and remembers nothing about her family. The country folk want to help the prince, but he knows a price has been put on his head and prefers not to involve them. Nevertheless, before leaving he asks them to take care of Katiuska.
Red Army soldiers arrive a little worse for wear and looking for more drink. Katiuska is harassed by the soldiers. Suddenly, Pedro comes to her defence and manages to persuade the soldiers to leave. When the identity of Pedro Stakof becomes known, the peasants look for him to lynch him, because he is the Commissar whose job it is to collect the high taxes from them. Katiuska saves him by hiding him in her room.
Pedro manages to capture Prince Sergio and he takes him to the inn. Katiuska recriminates his action, but he bravely defends his Bolshevik ideals, although he thinks she will hate him for arresting the man with whom he thinks she is in love. To his surprise, Katiuska admits she is in love with Pedro and asks him to let the prince escape, but the Commissar refuses to do this. Oblivious to what is going on, the colonel and Amadeo Pich ask Olga to travel to Paris with them.
Soldiers and peasants enter with Russian noblemen who have been arrested. The origin of Katiuska is then revealed: she is the Tsar’s daughter. Pedro offers them a safe-conduct so that they can cross the border. But the Chief Commissar intervenes and tears up the document so as not to compromise Stakof. He allows them all to leave except for Sergio, to whom he promises a fair trial. Katiuska decides to stay with Pedro, as she is in love with him.