September 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM
NEC’s Jordan Hall

THREE ONE-ACT OPERAS

By Sergei Rachmaninoff

ALEKO

Libretto by Vladimir Nemirovich
Inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s
The Gypsies

THE MISERLY KNIGHT

From a short story by Alexander Pushkin

FRANCESCA DA RIMINI

Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky
after Dante Alighieri’s Inferno

What drives a man to the brink of madness?

An exiled Russian nobleman consumed by jealousy, an aging Baron who dies calling not for his son but for his gold, and a young couple consigned to the Second Circle of Hell after an illicit kiss. Three timeless tales inspired by Alexander Pushkin and Dante’s Inferno and brought to life in this presentation of the complete operatic output of one of the most beloved Russian composers, Sergei Rachmaninoff.

An exiled man desperate to build a home with a beautiful woman (Yelena Dyachek) destroys everything when he discovers her in the arms of another (Andrew Bidlack).

A dying Baron amasses tremendous amounts of gold which he guards zealously, alienating everyone—including his own son (Spencer Hamlin).

Dante (Yeghishe Manucharyan) meets two young lovers (Dyachek and Bidlack), who are murdered and consigned to the Second Circle of Hell after a stolen kiss.

Presented in Concert in Russian, with English Supertitles
Collective US Premiere

Cast and Creative

Aleksey Bogdanov
BARITONE

Yelena Dyachek
SOPRANO

Mikhail Svetlov
BARITONE

Andrew Bidlack
TENOR

Spencer Hamlin
TENOR

Yeghishe Manucharyan
TENOR

Kevin Thompson
BASS

Gil Rose
CONDUCTOR