Russian White Nights: Opera Arias from 18th-century St. Petersburg
At the dawn of the 18th century, Tsar Peter the Great was presiding over both Russia’s political transformation into one of the great European powers and a cultural revolution of social modernization. French and German influences would ensure the court in St. Petersburg adopted a much more cosmopolitan style, which extended to an avid patronage of the arts, and opera in particular. Join one of the world’s leading Baroque opera specialists and a frequent star of BEMF operas, Karina Gauvin, for a captivating survey of the diverse cultural wealth of the Russian Baroque with harpsichord virtuoso Alexander Weimann leading Vancouver’s exciting Pacific Baroque Orchestra in their BEMF début.
Pre-Concert Talk at 3pm.
“Gauvin blows you away with her liquid legato, crackling coloratura and clarion top notes.”