July 10, St. Petersburg Opera theater debuted "Crimea" opera based on a rarely-performed Soviet opera dating from 1946 called “The People of Sevastopol”.
The opera traces Crimea's history from the Crimean Wars of the 19th century right up to Crimean annexation in March.
The show, watched on Thursday by about 300 people, includes footage of Crimean residents joyfully voting in a referendum to become part of Russia. It also depicts Euromaidan protests in central Kiev.
Art director Yury Aleksandrov removed all the hymns to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the romantic subplot of the original, leaving behind only love for the Motherland, RFE/RL reported.
"Our main position is clear and principled," he told. "We have Crimea. It is ours. We will not surrender it to anyone"- he said.
Russia annexed Crimean peninsula in March 2014, following the results of referendum on region’s status.
Note: “The People of Sevastopol” opera was written by Marian Koval, who died in 197. He was a laureate of the prestigious Stalin Prize who is also known for actively participating in the Stalin-inspired campaign against fellow composer Dmitry Shostakovich.