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The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917

3rd April 2018

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The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917

Tuesday 1st May The Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall 10.30-12.30

Featuring: Dr. Rosamund Bartlett (cultural historian) Sophie Pullen (soprano) and Maria Levandovskaya (piano) Tickets £30

During the course of this morning’s lecture recital with Maria Levandovskaya and Sophie Pullen, Dr. Bartlett will give an overview of the most significant opera productions at imperial St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre during its most glorious period, highlighting the composers, directors, singers and conductors who helped to build its international reputation.  Her talk will be illustrated with rare period photographs, set designs and historic recordings. In addition, we will have the rare opportunity to hear Antonida`s beautiful arioso from Glinka`s opera Life for the Tsar (1836) which was performed at the opening season of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1860.  We will also be treated to arias from the operas Enchantress and Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky and Snowmaiden by Rymsky-Korsakov. These three operas were premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre; Tchaikovsky himself conducted at the premieres of Enchantress (1887) and Queen of Spades (1890). The arias will be sung in Russian.

Artist Biographies


Dr. Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian of Russia with expertise in music, art, and literature.  Her publications include Wagner and Russia and Victory Over the Sun: The World’s First Futurist Opera, as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy, whose works she has translated for Oxford World’s Classics.

She has contributed to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and to the programmes of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 2017 was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival to complete a new translation of the libretto to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.


Winner of the Förderpreis der Stadt Torgau at the Internationale Sängerakademie 2015, Sophie graduated with a Distinction and the Postgraduate Prize for Excellence from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013. Her recent work includes Musetta (cover) for Clapham Opera Festival, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Barefoot Opera, Atalanta (Xerxes) for Hampstead Garden Opera & Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Billingshurst Choral Society. Sophie has sung as a soloist with the OSJ at St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, Dorchester Abbey, and the Ashmolean Proms, along with song premieres with the Coull Quartet, Vivaldi Gloria at St Martin-in-the-Fields and the roles of Lauretta, Rose Maurrant, Bastienne and Theodora.


After moving to London in 2012, Maria received a scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Martin Roscou and Caroline Palmer. Her coaches were Carole Presland, Paul Roberts, Norico Ogawa, Ralph Gottoni, Vivien Weilerstein.   In 2012, Maria founded clarinet/viola/piano trio, Zeitgeist Ensemble. The Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians awarded the Trio a full scholarship to participate in the Island of Coll’s prestigious course of concerts in Scotland in June 2014. The ensemble were also invited to participate in the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots initiative for the 2014/2015 season. Future engagements include recitals in Sweden and London, while continuing her work as an accompanist to vocalists and string players at the Guildhall.

Booking Details

Online booking: https://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/operaprelude/book/event/76029

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