The Demon

An opera in 3 Acts by Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)

A rarely performed operatic gem, The Demon is a tragedy underpinned by an intensely philosophical premise: A demon is a Byronic hero who finds himself transformed by his love for a mortal woman only to learn that his redemption is impossible, and that his kiss is fatal.

Rubinstein’s lush orchestral score sets a poem by Mikhail Lermontov, a work initially banned for blasphemous and carnal themes. Indeed, the opera encapsulates many topics ubiquitous within Romanticism such as individualism, redemption, and transcendence.

The title role will be sung by baritone Andrei Kymach, the Ukrainian finalist of the 2019 Cardiff Singer of the World. Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan returns to the Chelsea Opera group to sing Tamara, the object of the Demon’s obsession.

© Erin McHugh

 

 


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