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The Demon (Ethan Simpson)
Tamara (JoAna Rusche)
The Demon (Ethan Simpson) tempts Tamara (JoAna Rusche)
Tamara's (JoAna Rusche) soul is saved by The Angels (Claire de Monteil, Alejandra Gomez and Meryl Dominguez)

2016–2017 Season

The Demon · Anton Rubinstein

Ghenady Meirson, Music Director and Pianist

Saturday, December 10 – Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sponsored with a generous gift from Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs.

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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