7 July 2014 – St. John’s Smith Square

Concert performance

Written in just seventeen days as his graduation piece from the Moscow Conservatory, Rachmaninov’s Aleko is a compelling tale of love and jealousy. Based (like Bizet’s Carmen) on Pushkin’s narrative poem The GypsiesAleko has all the hallmarks of Rachmaninov’s greatest works – captivating melodic lines, rich orchestral texture and an essential Russian melancholy.

Music             / //     Sergei Rachmaninov
Libretto                /   Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko

Aleko                       James Platt
Zemfira                    Sara-Lian Owen
Young gypsy    ///    Luperci de Souza
Old gypsy      //        Arshak Kuzikyan

Conductor   //     /    Oliver Zeffman
Chorus Master         William Cole

Pre-concert talk       Daniel Jaffé