Opera - Russian Double Bill

New Athenaeum Theatre

20 Mar 2023 - 24 Mar 2023

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Russian Double Bill

Overture on Hebrew Themes by Prokofiev

A Feast in Time of Plague by César Cui

Four Sisters by Elena Langer

We’re so sorry to inform you that, due to illness, Saturday evening’s performance of the Opera Double Bill will not take placeOur sincere apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.

Performed by MMus Opera students, with a live orchestra, both operas are based on plays of two of the greatest Russian playwrights, Alexander Pushkin and Anton Chekhov.

Cui’s opera A Feast in a Time of Plague follows the Pushkin short story written in 1830 where at a banquet its host taunts Death with a toast: “And so O Plague, we hail thy reign.” Ironically, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, interest in the opera has been revived through virtual performances notably in Brazil, Sweden and Russia.

Four Sisters is a comedy loosely based on Chekhov’s play Three Sisters. Sung in English, it was written by Russian-born British composer, Elena Langer, who composed Welsh National Opera’s two recent hits, Figaro gets a Divorce and Rhondda Rips it Up, both pieces nominated for an International Opera Award. This will be the staged world premiere of the full new version of Four Sisters.

The double bill will now also be preceded by a brief curtain-raiser: a staging of Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.

Director Max Hoehn
Conductor Lada Valešová

A Feast in Time of Plague – Sung In Russian with English surtitles
Four Sisters – Sung In English with English surtitles

A Feast in Time of Plague is Double Cast
Wed 22
Luise – Marie Cayeux
Young Man – William Searle
Plague Doctor – Sam Marston

Mon 20 and Fri 24
Luise – Rosalind Dobson
Young Man – Sam Marston
Plague Doctor – William Searle