[The DemonBy Anton Rubinstein] The Demon Seated, 1890, Mikhail Vrubel, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The Demon Seated, 1890, Mikhail Vrubel, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

SummerScape Opera

The Demon
By Anton Rubinstein

New Production

The American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

Anton Rubinstein’s operatic masterpiece The Demon first premiered to great acclaim in 1871. Although performed frequently in Russia, the work remains something of a rarity in the West today.

Based on the renowned fantasy poem by Mikhail Lermontov, The Demon boasts rich choral writing and a fiery libretto. The work vividly depicts the isolation and despair of a fallen angel doomed to eternal damnation. All is upended by a chance encounter with the princess Tamara with whom he falls desperately in love. Tamara’s attempts to resist him and her eventual submission end in tragedy.

The 2018 Summerscape production will be conducted by Leon Botstein and directed by the renowned American director Thaddeus Strassberger with sets by Paul Tate dePoo and costumes by Kaye Voyce. An all-Russian cast will be led by the sparkling-voiced soprano Olga Tolkmit (last seen at Bard in Dimitrij) in the role of Tamara alongside baritone Yefim Zavalny in his American debut in the title role.

Opening Night Reception for Members
Friday, July 27

Opera Talk with Leon Botstein
Sunday, July 29 at noon

Coach transportation from New York City is available for performances on Friday, July 27, August 3, and Sunday, July 29, August 5. Learn more.