Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) was staged at the Mariinsky in 1918, four years after its premiere. The seminal production, which was never repeated, was directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold and designed by painter Alexander Golovin.
The exhibit, on display in the lobby of Davies Hall through December 10, includes 25 of Golovin's sketches, including set and costumes designs. The collection, which on loan from the Engmann family and is presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, has never before been seen in its entirety.
SFS is performing Le Rossignol, paired with Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, on December 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m. The casts for the two short operas include tenor Paul Groves, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. Patricia Birch directs Le Rossignol; Carey Perloff directs Oedipus Rex. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts.