How did the Muscovite theater of the early 1670s get started? What roles did women play, as actors, spectators, or impresarios? And what was Orpheus doing in Muscovy? This presentation will cover the early years of the Muscovite court theater and its music under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich and will discuss how such performed entertainments may have extended after he died; it will also briefly discuss the early eighteenth-century theatrical
activities associated with various royal women and with the short-lived public theater on Red Square.
Claudia Jensen is an affiliate with the UW Slavic Department; her Musical Cultures in Seventeenth-century Russia (Indiana University Press, 2009) recently won the USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies from ASEEES.