Music Director and Pianist: Ghenady Meirson
December 10–15, 2016
Presented “in concert” in Russian with English supertitles
Anton Rubinstein’s 1875 opera tells the gripping story of a Demon’s pursuit of Tamara, betrothed to Prince Sinodahl.
A piano virtuoso, Anton Rubinstein was also a prolific composer who founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and taught composition to Tchaikovsky. Melodic motifs from The Demon inspired comparable motifs in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mussogorsky’s Khovanshchina.
The opera had its first Philadelphia performance on April 29, 1922 at the Forrest Theater in a Russian Grand Opera Company production. It was produced again in 1928 and then was not performed in Philadelphia until the Russian Opera Workshop produced a concert version in 2015.
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Prince Gudal – Nathan Milholin (10 & 13), Daniel Noyola (15)
Tamara, his daughter – JoAna Rusche (10), Rebecca Gulinello (13 & 15)
Prince Sinodal, Tamara’s betrothed – Marco Cammarota (10), John Matthew Myers (13 & 15)
Old Servant, Sinodal’s servant – André Courville
Tamara’s Nurse – Hannah Ludwig
Angel – Alejandra Gomez
Demon – Ethan Simpson (10), Timothy Renner (13), Christopher Kenney (15)
Courier – Matthew White (10), Piotr Buszewski (13 & 15)
Maidens – Claire de Monteil, Alexandra Nowakowski, Vanessa Vasquez
Angel Ensemble – Claire de Monteil, Meryl Dominguez, Karen Barraza
Sinodal’s Caravan – Alasdair Kent, Mackenzie Gotcher, Jorge Espino, Nathan Milholin (15), Daniel Noyola (10 & 13)
Bandits – Jared Bybee, Anthony Whitson-Martini, Abraham Bretón, Matthew White (13 & 15), Piotr Buszewski (10)
Nuns Ensemble – Vanessa Vasquez, Claire de Monteil, Alexandra Nowakowski, Meryl Dominguez, Karen Barraza, Alejandra Gomez, Hannah Ludwig, JoAna Rusche, Rebecca Gulinello
Sponsored with a generous gift from Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs.