Composers in Focus


Léopold Survage (1879-1968). Mavra, Scene design, 1922. Goache. Howard D. Rothschild Collection. Framed storage. MS Thr 414.4 (122). Bequest, 1989.


Stravinsky’s one-act opera Mavra was presented by Diaghi­lev in Paris in 1922. Bronislava Nijinska was the stage director, and Léopold Survage designed the costumes and décor. The libretto was written by Kochno, Diaghilev’s secretary, using his pseudonym, “Sobeka.” A notable failure, the opera was only performed seven times.