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Graf Cagliostro ('Count Cagliostro') is a comic opera in two acts by Mikael Tariverdiev, written in 1981 to a libretto by Nikolai Kemarsky, after the tale of the same name by Alexei Nikolayevich Tolstoy.

Tolstoy's novella, based on the quack Cagliostro, was updated by composer and librettist so that it impinges on the modern world, (and uses modern musical style). Tariverdiev wrote:

In writing 'Graf Cagliostro' I wanted to create a brand new genre of comic opera. I decided to return to the standard voices and traditional forms of opera buffa, with arias, secco recitative, developed in lively acts - but, of course, in a contemporary way.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast
(Conductor: - )
Praskovia Petrovna soprano
Cagliostro baritone
Alexei tenor
Maria soprano
Jan Lozhkin tenor
Four generals baritone and bass
Chorus of tourists, etc.


  • Moscow Chamber Theatre, conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Bomba Music, Russia 2003 (2 CDs)


  1. ^ Quoted in booklet of 2003 CD recording of opera.