The Demon - Commonwealth Lyric Theater


MAY 18 & 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M.
Commonwealth Lyric Theater
Majestic Cutler Theatre
219 Tremont St, Boston




Commonwealth Lyric Theater presents the Boston premiere of Rubinstein's 19th century masterpiece. Romantic Drama of the immortal Demon falling in love with a beautiful mortal girl in the mountains of Georgia.

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 fiancée 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)
Music Arragment, Moshe Shulman (Buffalo)
Chorusmaster, Olga France (Boston)
Producer and Production Director, Irina Rubinshtein (Boston)
Artistic Director and Stage Director, Alexander Prokhorov (Boston)

Featured Soloists:

Demon - Aleksey Bogdanov, Baritone
Tamara - Zhanna Alhazova, Soprano
Sinodal - Jonathan Price, Tenor
Angel/Nanny Anna Cley, Mezzo-Soprano
Old Servant Nathan Baer, Bass

Commonwealth Lyric Theater Orchestra and Chorus