Russian Romances

December 17–18, 2018


Take shelter from a cold, winter night and cozy up with an evening at AVA for the love affair that is Russian Romances, held at AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater. AVA Russian repertoire vocal coach Ghenady Meirson is the music director and pianist. Russian Romances will also feature cellist Vivian Barton Dozor, who has played with Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the AVA Opera Orchestra, and much more.

This year’s program will include songs and ensembles by Glinka, Borodin, Arensky, Taneyev, Glière, Medtner, Gretchaninoff, Cui, Prokofieff, Shostakovich and Sviridov. See photos from last year’s program here.

Young Professional and student tickets are $10, and general tickets are $25! Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 215-735-1685.

Take an even closer look into the history of Russian Romances on the AVA Opera Blog!

Young Professionals Pre-Concert Happy Hour on December 18

Join AVA for a Young Professionals (anyone ages 21-45) pre-Russian Romances happy hour on December 18 at Lou Birds! First drink is on us, and light bites will be served. To confirm your spot after purchasing a Young Professionals ticket or with any questions, please email Camille Mola at cmola@avaopera.org.
 
What: Happy Hour prior to Russian Romances
Where:Lou Birds on 20th and Lombard
Time: Tuesday, December 18 at 5:30 – 7 PM, the group will walk over to AVA together
Price: $10 covers a drink, light bites and the concert at AVA
Must be 21+ to attend
 
If you’d like to exchange your December 17 ticket to attend the December 18 cocktail hour and performance, please give AVA a call and we’d be happy to facilitate your request.


Program*

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
Lily of the Valley Op 38, No 2

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
Doubt

Alexander  Borodin (1833-1887)
Fair maiden fell out of love …
Listen to my song, dear friends …
Beautiful fisher woman

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
Three Quartets Op. 57
Serenade
T
o the Dying Stars
The Hot Spring

Sergei Prokofieff (1891-1953)
Sun filled the room Op 27, No 1
True tenderness Op 27, No 2

Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Elegy

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)
Arion   

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
MacPherson’s Lament

César Cui (1835-1918)
Heavenly Clouds

Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
Ai-Du-Du

Reinhold Gliere (1875–1956)
Rusalka

Mikhail Zeiger (b.1949)
Before a Spanish Noblewoman

 

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)
Sonata-Vocalise Op. 41 No. 1

  1. Epigraph “A Sacred Place” (Goethe)
  2. Sonata-Vocalise

Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
The Virgin in the City
St Petersburg Song

*Program subject to change

Meet the Artists
Chelsea Laggan
mezzo-soprano
Timothy Murray ’19
baritone
Alice Chung
mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Gulinello ’20
soprano
John Matthew Myers ’19
tenor
Brent Michael Smith ’20
bass
Kara Mulder ’21
soprano
Matthew White ’19
tenor
Renée Richardson
soprano
Eric Delagrange
bass
Aubry Ballarò
soprano
Gabriela Flores ’19
mezzo-soprano
Piotr Buszewski ’19
tenor
Anthony Whitson-Martini ’19
baritone
Claire de Monteil ’20
soprano
Meryl Dominguez ’19
soprano
Timothy Renner ’20
baritone
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