Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music

Melbourne Recital Centre 2022

‘Moscow’ Coronation Cantata for Alexander III

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 including Sally-Anne Russell, Robert Macfarlane, Andrew Jones 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 possible that this will be the first full-scale performance of the work in Australia. The cantata will be sung in Russian.

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. 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 Christopher Hillier as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sally-Anne Russell as Nadezhda von Meck, Robert Macfarlane as Nikolay von Meck, and Andrew Jones as Modeste Tchaikovsky.

The concert will also feature a moving musical tribute to Ukraine and its people, including performances of A Prayer for Ukraine (sung in Ukrainian), and Shche ne vmerla Ukrayina (the State Anthem of Ukraine).


A concert not to be missed!


New dates in 2022 TBC


Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Melbourne Recital Centre
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins (incl. interval)