Opera - Russian Triple Bill

New Athenaeum Theatre

18 Mar 2023 - 24 Mar 2023

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Russian Triple Bill

Mozart and Salieri by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

A Feast in a Time of Plague by César Cui

Four Sisters by Elena Langer

All three operas are based on plays of two of the greatest Russian playwrights, Alexander Pushkin and Anton Chekhov.  Many years before Peter Schaffer’s famous play Amadeus exploring a possible rivalry between the official court composer to the Hapsburg Court and the revolutionary upstart who dies at the age of 35, Rimsky-Korsakov too decided to delve into their possible association.

As we exit the COVID pandemic, Cui’s opera 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 rain.”  Ironically, because of the 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 has been 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 its staged world premiere.

Director Max Hoehn
Conductor Lada Valešová

Mozart and Salieri – Sung In Russian with English surtitles
A Feast in a Time of Plague – Sung In Russian with English surtitles
Four Sisters – Sung In English with English surtitles

Dates & Times

Saturday 18th March

Begins: 19:15

Monday 20th March

Begins: 19:15

Wednesday 22nd March

Begins: 19:15

Friday 24th March

Begins: 19:15


Full Price Over 60 Under 16 Student Unwaged Disability Discount Personal Assistant YoungScot Card Holder
Price Band A £27.50 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £19.20
Price Band B £24.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £17.60
Price Band C £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £4.00