Conductor -
Pavel Sharomov,
Honored Artist of Russia

RACS Art Director -Zlata Lund

Русский Хор на Аляске

Baritone Anton Belov --the primo uomo in the Anchorage Opera's production of  Eugene Onegin  will appear in recital of Russian art songs inspired by Alexander Pushkin .  He will be joined by pianist Svetlana Velitchko and the Russian American Colony Singers .

February 8, 2010, 7:30 pm

At the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts,
Sydney Laurence Theater

Pushkin and Russian Music

No poet is more revered in Russia than Alexander Pushkin. His biography reads like a romantic novel: an ancestry that included both Russian aristocracy and an Abyssinian Prince; numerous amorous adventures (he was in love 104 times according to his own admission); constant quarrels with the authorities, membership in secret societies; exile to the distant parts of the empire; death on a duel to defend his wife's honor.

He transfigured the Russian literature like no other writer either before or since. Pushkin's verse is elegant and, yet, deceptively simple. The absolute perfection of its structure seems to invite a musical setting. Pushkin's stamp upon the Russian music is tremendous: his poetry has inspired hundreds of songs by composers ranging from his own contemporaries to Benjamin Britten. A very incomplete list of operas inspired by him includes Ruslan and Lyudmila, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Mazepa, Aleko, The Golden Cockerel. It is fair to say that both Russian opera and art song are unimaginable without Pushkin.

This concert presents a general overview of Pushkin's poetry set to music by some of the greatest Russian composers including Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Sviridov, Rachmaninoff and others.

TICKETS at Centertix ( click at link ):  
PRICE: $25 Adults,           $20 youth ages 18-, Senior ages 62+.

More about Anton Belov and his performance with Anchorage Opera in February:
Pride, prejudice, Pushkin by MIKE DUNHAM in Anchorage Daily News
Anton Belov's website:
Postfactum. "First Friday and Dark Night Rambles".
By MIKE DUNHAM , Anchorage Daily News, February 10, 2010

On Monday we caught a fascinating recital by Anton Belov, who has the lead role in “Onegin.” Belov, who must be as good a scholar as he is a baritone, crafted a program of Russian art songs that use Pushkin’s poems for lyrics. He presented an animated lecture on Pushkin’s life and work in between songs. In a couple of cases, he showed how different composers had given the same words very different treatments, and he dug up some real rarities. Not that many of these songs are that well-known outside Russia. The most famous piece, Anton Rubenstein’s “Melody” remains familiar to pianists, but it turns out it was originally a song – “Night.”

Svetlana Velichko accompanied. The elegant Russian American Colony Singers sang a couple of choral pieces in keeping with the theme. The audience at Sydney Laurence Theatre got two encores, including Aleko’s aria from Rachmaninoff’s opera of the same name.

RACS Address:
P. O. Box 770787,
Eagle River,
Alaska 99577, U.S.A.


Photos: Fyodor Soloview

Pianist Svetlana Velitchko, Baritone Anton Belov

Pianist Svetlana Velitchko with group of Russian guests after the concert.
Anton Belov and Veronica Mitina appear in the Anchorage Opera production of "Eugene Onegin," which is performed in Russian.