Rubinstein, The Demon

I have wanted to see Anton Rubinstein‘s famous, but rarely performed (in the West), opera The Demon for a while.  Now I have.  Great music; what a shame about the Novaya Opera‘s staging, though.

It was a good performance, from a musical perspective.  I’ve seen far worse stagings of operas by German directors or directors who studied in Germany, and while this staging did not sink to German levels of nonsense, it was certainly not good and contributed nothing to clarity.  At least they did not alter the plot (again, unlike the Germans, who tend to stage things that have nothing to do with the plot), but it was just weird.

And still Russians chatter away in the audience.

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