Performed in Russian (with synchronised English supertitles)
World premiere: World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre - Small Stage
Premiere of this production: 22 Dec 2022
The performance has 2 intermissions
Running time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Music Director: Artyom Abashev Stage Director: Vladislavs Nastavševs Set Designers: Vladislavs Nastavševs, Maya Mayer Movement Director: Ekaterina Mironova Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Demon is an opera in three acts (six scenes) by Russian composer Anton Rubinstein. The work was composed in 1871. The libretto was by Pavel Viskovatov, based on the poem of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov.
Lermontov's poem was banned as sacrilegious until 1860. Its popularity and its lurid story made it an excellent candidate for an opera libretto, and Rubinstein himself worked out the scenario from which Viskovatov produced the final text. The opera was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, on 25 January [O.S. 13 January] 1875, conducted by Eduard Nápravník. The stage design was by Mikhayil Bocharov, Matvey Shishkov, and Lagorio. The Moscow premiere was in 1879 at the Bolshoi Theatre, conducted by Enrico Bevignani.
The opera was published by V. Bessel and Co., St. Petersburg, in 1876. A further edition was in 1968 by Muzgiz, Moscow.
: Damir Ismagilov
Anton Rubinstein "The Demon" Opera in three acts on the playbill