This one-act lyrical and physiological opera is one of the early works by the composer: he created it in the age of 20. The plot is based on drama poem by Alexander Pushkin The Gypsies, adapted for the theatre by famous director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. Rachmaninoff was so passionate about this work that has completed Aleko in 17 days! The opera received its premiere in 1893 at the Bolshoi and received the highest rating by both: critics and the audience. Pyotr Tchaikovsky praised the opera. The music beautifully reveals personalities of the main characters, as if drawing pictures of gypsy life, which serve as a background for the tragedy to come. Aleko’s cavatina is one of the true masterpieces of the world opera first performed by great Feodor Chaliapin among others.
Despite its wide recognition, Aleko quite rarely appears on the posters of musical theaters today. That is why the forthcoming premiere of the opera, which charms the audience with melodic generosity and sincerity of expression, promises to become a bounty for the audience.
The concert version will be performed by the principal soloists of the Opera Centre, as well as the young singers. The Opera Centre’s orchestra will be conducted by Andrey Lebedev, winner of the ‘Golden Mask’ (‘Zolotaya Maska’) national theatre award.