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The Rape of Lucretia - Benjamin Britten - ST. PETERSBURG CHAMBER OPERA in conjunction with the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warszawska Opera Kameralna) - 17 December 2017 - Warsaw

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Benjamin Britten - The Rape of Lucretia

Musical drama in two acts with an Interlude


Libretto by Ronald Duncan based on the play of André Obey

ST. PETERSBURG CHAMBER OPERA
Director: Yuri Alexandrov
Production designer: Zinowij Margolin

WIKTOR ALESZKOW - Him
JULIA PTICYNA - Her
ANTON MOROZOW - Collatinus, Roman General
NATALYA VOROBYEVA - Lucretia, wife of Collatinus
JADGAR JUŁDASZEW - Junius, Roman General
ALEKSIEJ PASZIJEW - Tarquinius, son of the King of Rome
VICTORIA MARTEMJANOWA - Bianca, Lucretia's old nurse
KAROLINA SZAPOWAŁOWA / JEWGIENIJA KRAWCZENKO - Lucia, Lucretia's maid
WŁADISŁAW MAZANKIN - Witness

Direction, staging - Yuri Alexandrov
Scenography - Zinowij Margolin
Costumes - Wiaczesław Okuniew
Lighting - Irina Wtornikowa
The scenic movement - Dawid Awdysz
Director - Tatiana Karpaczew

ST. PETERSBURG CHAMBER OPERA ORCHESTRA

Musical direction - Nelli Abdi
Conductor - Maksim Walkow


Photography: Jarosław Budzyński(click on to enlarge - finer rendition)



This admittedly rather st…

16 December 2017 - Mozart on Period Instruments - Alexei Lubimov, Herbert Rutkowski and Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense directed by Martin Haselböck

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Grigory Sokolov, Warsaw 10 December 2017 - Spiritual Transcendence Achieved on Earth

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KUSC

Joseph Haydn - Sonata in B Minor, No. 47, Hob.XVI:32              1774-1776 Joseph Haydn - Sonata in G Minor, No. 32, Hob.XVI:44              1771-1773 Joseph Haydn - Sonata in C-sharp Minor, No. 49, Hob.XVI:36   1770-1775
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90 Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111
As I wandered the streets of Warsaw outside the Filharmonia just before Christmas, flurries of light snow brushed my cheeks. In somewhat of a daze, perhaps of dissolution, I began to reflect on one of the handful of truly remarkable musical experiences of my life, the piano recital this evening by Grigory Sokolov. 
Such a miraculous phenomenon went far beyond what is normally regarded as a 'performance', far beyond technical accomplishment or crass celebrity ostentation. This recital inhabited that rarefied…