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Mariinsky magic: 19 stunning images of Saint Petersburg's legendary theatre
Prokofiev began his opera in 1940 but World War II halted its production. The first performance did not occur until 3 November 1946 (pictured). Commentators have noted the opera's lack of political or social comment, except perhaps for a scene involving drunken monks.