Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight
Baron - Alexander Krasnov
Albert – Alexey Dolgov
Moneylender – Alasdair Elliot
Duke/Gertzog – Alexey Gusev
Parasha – Anush Hovhannisyan
The Hussar – Alexey Dolgov
Her Mother – Sarah Pring
Neighbour – Lea Shaw (Emerging Artist)
Orchestra of Scottish Opera
Stuart Stratford, conductor
This semi-staged double bill of short, striking Russian operas explores both the darkness of human greed and the slapstick, satirical side of forbidden romance.
Sergei Rachmaninov’s 'The Miserly Knight' sees a father and son destroyed by a hoarded treasure, with disguises, duels, and a near-poisoning featuring in the action. It showcases the composer’s extraordinary talent for orchestration, with over 60 musicians of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera conducted by Stuart Stratford underpinning the drama.
Meanwhile, Igor Stravinsky’s 'Mavra' sees two lovers go to ingenious, outrageous lengths to be together, but they may have not thought through the practicalities! Both works are adapted from stories by the Russian poet, playwright, and novelist Alexander Pushkin, uniting the operas through his extraordinary gift for characterisation.
Soloists include Alexey Dolgov, Alasdair Elliott, Alexey Gusev, Anush Hovhannisyan, Alexander Krasnov, Sarah Pring and 2021/22 Emerging Artist Lea Shaw, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and conducted by Stuart Stratford.
Director Laura Attridge
Running time approx 2 hours
Sung in Russian with English supertitles