The Gamblers (Shostakovich)

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The Gamblers (1941-42; Igroki) is an unfinished opera by Dmitri Shostakovich, to his own libretto based on Nikolai Gogol's comedy The Gamblers (1842). The surviving first act lasts around 47 minutes.

Meyer completion

The opera was completed by Krzysztof Meyer as Die Spieler premiered in Leningrad 1978.[1]



  1. Franklin Mesa -Opera: An Encyclopedia of World Premieres and Significant ... 1476605378 2007 "COMPOSER: Shostakovich, Dmitri Dmitriyevich (1906–75). Composed 1941–2; incomplete. Completed by Krzysztof Meyer as Die Spieler. LIBRETTIST: Based on the play (1842) by Nikolay Vasil'yevich Gogol (1809–52). WORLD PREMIERE: Leningrad 1978.