Prince Gudal - Bass
Tamara, his daughter - Soprano
Tamara's Nurse - Contralto
Tamara's girlfriends - Ensemble
Prince Sinodal, Tamara's betrothed - Tenor
Sinodal's servant - Bass
Courier - Tenor
Demon - Baritone
Angel - Mezzo Soprano
A fallen angel, the Demon is banished from heaven and is condemned to spend eternity alone. Angel appears and warns Demon not to destroy God’s creation and try to reconcile with heaven. Rebellious Demon rejects the idea. Enamored with Tamara, Demon woos her. "Tamara, love me! ... you will be the queen of the universe, my eternal companion," he whispers into her soul. Full of fear and powerful temptation Tamara succumbs to his seduction. Demon's kiss kills her and in the moment of conquest, he is defeated by the Angel who saves Tamara's soul. Alone again, Demon curses the universe. (Synopsis by Russian Opera Workshop)
René, King of Provence - Bass
Robert, Duke of Burgundy - Baritone
Count Vaudémont, Burgundian Knight - Tenor
Ibn-Hakia, Moorish Physician - Baritone
Alméric, armor-bearer to King René - Tenor
Bertrand, doorkeeper of the castle - Bass
Iolanta, blind daughter of King René - Soprano
Marta, Bertrand's wife, Iolanta's nursemaid - Contralto
Brigitta, Iolanta's friend - Soprano
Laura, Iolanta's friend - Mezzo Soprano
Iolanta's girlfriends - Ensemble
King René’s daughter Iolanta is blind from early childhood. Anguished and determined to find a cure, René creates a sheltered world where Iolanta is not to know of her blindness and no one is to reveal the truth for fear of execution. The great Moorish healer advises René that Iolanta must know of her misfortune and have desire to see light, only then the cure is possible. Lost in the woods, Count Vaudemont enters a beautiful palace garden where he meets Iolanta. He falls in love, discovers that she is blind and is the first person to explain the virtues of light. Furious king condemns Vaudemont to death. The event awakens Iolanta's desire to see light, to be cured and to save her beloved. (Synopsis by Russian Opera Workshop)
Nathalie Avila, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2012, performed Mimi in La Boheme with Miami Lyric Opera last August and past weekend covered Mimi at Opera Naples.
During Russian Opera Workshop 2012, Nathalie performed the role of Liza in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" (Pique Dame)
ALUMNI NEWS | Daniel Noyola, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2014, appears as Mustafà in Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" at AVA
Tonight, don't miss! Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2014, appears as Mustafà in Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia - http://bit.ly/1tjG2Bc
Photo: During Russian Opera Workshop 2014, Daniel sang the role of Thibaut d'Arc in Philadelphia premiere of "The Maid of Orleans" by Tchaikovsky.
ALUMNI NEWS | Claire Galloway Weber, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2014, appears as the Prince in Massenet's "Cendrillon" at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore
Don't miss, tonight! Mezzo-soprano Claire Galloway Weber, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2014, appears as the Prince in Massenet's "Cendrillon" at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Photo: During Russian Opera Workshop 2014, Claire performed the role of Olga in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin"
Don't miss! Tenor Dominick Chenes, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2013, will make his debut with Austin Opera as Riccardo in Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" (A Masked Ball) -- November 8-16, 2014. Visit: http://austinopera.org/
Photo: During Russian Opera Workshop 2013, Dominick sang the role of Paolo in Philadelphia premiere of "Francesca da Rimini" by Rachmaninoff.
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