The Arts Society Chiswick: The Masterpieces of Russian Opera, from Boris Godunov to Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

8.00pm, Thursday 14 June

The lectures are held in the Malinova Room at The Polish Centre (POSK), 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF.

Tonight’s lecture is on The Masterpieces of Russian Opera, from Boris Godunov to Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This lecture provides an introduction to the rich repertoire of Russian opera, including Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and an overview of the masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. As well as discussing why Russian opera is different and the particular contours of its history, the lecture will explore the subjects from history and literature that Russian composers chose to bring to life on the stage. It will be illustrated with historic and contemporary recordings, period photographs and brief clips from recent productions.

Tonight’s lecturer Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar and translator with expertise in Russian and European art, literature and music. She completed her doctorate at Oxford, and has held a number of senior university appointments, most recently at the European University Institute in Florence.
She is the author and editor of several books, including Wagner and Russia and Shostakovich in Context, as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy.
She has lectured at public institutions around the world, ranging from the National Theatre in London to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, collaborated with the organisations such as the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Salzburg Festival, and contributed to Proms events and radio broadcasts on the BBC. She led the campaign to save Chekhov’s house in Yalta, and was awarded the Chekhov 150th Anniversary Medal by the Russian government in recognition of her educational and charitable work.

Tickets: Free to members. £10.00 on the door for non-members.

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