Staging an opera version of War and Peace, Tolstoy's classic Russian novel, is no easy feat. Composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote the score in 1941-1942 but did not live to see a fully staged version of his work. It was not until 1959 that the full opera was finally seen in Moscow. It took until 2002 for the Metropolitan Opera to present War and Peace this season, in a co-production with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Set designer George Tsypin is no strange