Based on a poem by Mikhail Lermontov, Rubinstein's The Demon portrays a protagonist who dwells in isolation, weary with the weight of immortality. While wandering the earth, he encounters the princess Tamara-a woman who overwhelms him with emotion. In his greedy passion, the Demon destroys Tamara's fiancé and claims her for himself. Yet, Tamara feels compassion towards the Demon and his tortured spirit. They embrace, but alas, his kiss is fatal. Rubinstein, a teacher of Tchaikovsky, wrote twenty operas during his lifetime, toured the U.S. as a pianist under the auspices of Steinway & Sons, and founded the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His works remain a staple in standard Russian repertoire, although they are more rarely heard in the U.S.
Now in its Seventh season of acclaimed productions of Slavic operatic repertoire, Commonwealth Lyric Theater (American Opera Association Prize Winner, praised by The Boston Globe, Boston Musical Intelligencer, and New York Arts Magazine) brings this Russian classic for the first time to Boston audiences. The production features an international cast of renowned singers and designers.
International Creative Team includes:Music Director and Conductor, Lidiya Yankovskaya (New York)
Set and Costume Designer, Anastasia Grigoreva (Moscow)
Video-Art, Patrick K.- H. (Vienna)
Producer and Production Director, Irina Rubinshtein (Boston)
Artistic Director, Alexander Prokhorov (Boston)
Commonwealth Lyric Theater Orchestra and Chorus
PESVEBI Georgian Dance Ensemble
Demon - Aleksey Bogdanov, Baritone
Tamara - Zhanna Alkhazova, Soprano
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