The Story of a Real Man by Sergei Prokofiev


'''''The Story of a Real Man''''' (, ''Povest' o nastoyashchem cheloveke'') is an opera in four acts by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, his opus 117.. It was written from 1947 to 1948,Nestyev, Israel V.; transl. Jonas, Florence (1961). . Stanford University Press. pp. 402-4, 411, 512. ISBN 0-8047-0585-2. and was his last opera.

The libretto, by the composer and Mira Mendelson, is based on the novel of the same name by Boris Polevoy; this in turn was based on the story of pilot Alexey Maresyev. The opera received its premiere on 3 December 1948 at the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). The audience was made up of Soviet cultural officials who gave the work a poor reception. This was a great disappointment to the composer who had intended the opera to rehabilitate his reputation with the Communist authorities after he had been accused of "formalism" earlier in the year. As a result, performances of ''The Story of a Real Man'' were forbidden to the general public until after Prokofiev's death. It received its public premiere on 7 October 1960 at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.