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  Dmitri Kabalevsky completed his opera, Colas Breugnon, The Master of Clamecy, in 1937; it was given its premiere the following year at the Leningrad State Opera. Based on the novel by Romain Rolland, the plot is set in sixteenth century France and centers about the efforts of Colas to overthrow the cruel lord (the duke) and free his people from tyranny. The story develops Colas into a sort of Burgundian Robin Hood, at once a jester and philosopher, vine grower and artist, combining in himself a lusty appetite for food, wine, and an ardent love of art.
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