Francesca da Rimini - S. Rachmaninow

Concert version of the opera

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Kirill Petrenko’s career began with sensational opera performances. The influence of this background remains, and thus during this year’s Easter Festival, the Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker will be presenting not the usual one, but two operas: Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini. The latter is a short and tuneful opera that combines influences of Wagner and Tchaikovsky. The audience of today’s concert can look forward to a tour de force full of vocal and instrumental fireworks and featuring sounds that would later influence film music. This concert-version performance presented by a Russian cast of singers and the Prague Philharmonic Choir will be fittingly introduced by Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture.

Photo that shows Kristina Mkhitaryan C Diana Guledani. © Diana Guledani
© Diana Guledani

Program

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare

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Sergei Rachmaninoff
Francesca da Rimini, opera in one act with prologue and epilogue
Libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky after Dante’s Inferno

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