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As Prince Igor prepares for a military campaign against Polovetsians, suddenly there is a solar eclipse. His council takes it as a bad omen. Still, Igor insists on a campaign. His troops are defeated and Igor is captured by Khan Konchak. The Khan greatly admires Igor as a warrior and offers an alliance. Rejecting the idea, Igor escapes and returns home to rebuild his forces and avenge his people.
Prince Igor - Baritone
Yaroslavna, his wife - Soprano
Vladimir, Igor's son - Tenor
Galitsky, Yaroslavna's brother - Bass-Baritone
Konchak, Polovtsian Khan - Bass
Konchakovna, his daughter - Contralto/Mezzo
Ovlur, a Christian Polovetsian - Tenor
A Polovetsian Girl- Soprano
Polovetsian Maidens - Ensemble
Boyar 1 - Bass/Baritone
Boyar 2 - Tenor
Polovetsian Warrior 1 - Tenor
Polovetsian Warrior 2 - Bass/Baritone
Eugene Onegin inherits his uncle’s country estate and moves from St. Petersburg to the village. There he meets Tatyana, an impressionable young girl who instantly falls in love and expresses her feelings in a letter to him. Poor timing leads to Tatyana’s heartbreak. Bored with country life, Onegin finds himself in a misunderstanding with his best friend Lensky, which leads to a duel, and Lensky is killed. Distraught by unintended tragedy, Onegin leaves the village. Some years later, Onegin returns to St. Petersburg and discovers that Tatyana is now in high society and married. Onegin falls hopelessly in love with her, but Tatyana underscores the missed opportunity and remains true to her marriage vows.
Tatyana - Soprano
Olga - Contralto or Mezzo Soprano
Larina - Mezzo Soprano
Filipyevna - Mezzo Soprano
Lensky - Tenor
Onegin - Baritone
Gremin - Bass
Zaretsky - Bass
Triquet - Tenor
As BroadwayWorld notes, Meirson is “perhaps the preeminent expositor of the Russian vocal repertoire in America, and he does that through the annual Russian Opera Workshop programs."
A long-time faculty member at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music, “Ghenady Meirson has been the go to-master for two decades in Philadelphia for authentic Russian operatic repertoire” (Huffington Post).
In 2011, Meirson founded Russian Opera Workshop, a private and independent young artists program in summer residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), and “has become one of the treasures of the Philadelphia summer season” (Broad Street Review).
Selected by a competitive audition process, participating artists have come to Russian Opera Workshop from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. All artists receive Russian language training, vocal coaching, and vocal and professional development master classes. Some of the master class faculty have included Metropolitan Opera stars Stephen Costello, Angela Meade, Florence Quivar and Benita Valente. At the end of each training session all artists perform complete Russian operas and Russian Romances concerts.
Russian Opera Workshop repertoire includes Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), Romeo & Juliet (Fragment), The Maid of Orleans, and Mazepa; Rachmaninoff's Aleko and Francesca da Rimini; Anton Rubinstein's The Demon, Alexander Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka, and Borodin's Prince Igor.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Ghenady Meirson graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied piano with Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and accompanying with Vladimir Sokoloff.
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