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RMP presents Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music

July 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Act III of the new opera “Tchaikovsky , Angel of Music” (Premiere)

‘Moscow’ Coronation Cantata (Australian premiere)

Festival Coronation March for Tsar Alexander III, as well as a special musical tribute to Ukraine.


Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) wrote the great ‘Moscow’ Cantata in 1883 to mark the Coronation of Emperor Alexander III. Set to an epic poem by Apollon Maikov (1821-1897), the lavishly scored music is regarded as some of the most grandiose music that Tchaikovsky ever wrote. RMP Chief Conductor Andrew Wailes will conduct the RMP Choir and Orchestra, and outstanding soloists Sally-Anne Russell,  and Christopher Hillier in a rare performance of this dramatic musical panorama of Russian history, from the foundation of Moscow to the enthronement of the first Tsar. It is believed that this will be the first full-scale performance of the work in Australia.  Tchaikovsky’s Festival Coronation March is a lavish and majestic orchestral work commissioned by the city of Moscow for the same coronation in 1883.

Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music is a large, romantic opera in three acts by Australian composer Sean Peter Ross, which shines a light on the life of the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky through Tchaikovsky’s own words. It was the winner of the Director’s Choice Award for Opera, in the Boston International Contempo Festival composition competition in 2014. The work also features a cameo performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous Cherubic Hymn No. 3 from the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.  Hear the concert-length Act III of this powerful and uplifting opera performed under the direction of the composer, and featuring an outstanding cast of Australian opera stars including bass-baritone Christopher Hillier as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell as Nadezhda von Meck, tenor Michael Petruccelli as Nikolay von Meck,  baritone Andrew Jones as Modeste Tchaikovsky, soprano Lee Abrahmsen Yuliya Von Meck, and narrator Adrian Tamburini as the older Tchaikovsky.

In light of the terrible events unfolding in Europe, this special concert will also feature a moving musical tribute to Ukraine and its people, including performances of the powerful a capella A Prayer for Ukraine (sung in Ukrainian), and a grand symphonic performance of  Shche ne vmerla Ukrayina (the State Anthem of Ukraine) for large symphony orchestra and chorus, conducted by Andrew Wailes.


July 30, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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