Russian Opera Workshop To Present Rare ‘Rusalka’ And ‘The Queen Of Spades’

By Francisco Salazar

The Russian Opera Workshop has announced its summer season presenting two main operas and a number of masterclasses.

The company will first present Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” starting on June 27, with the run concluding on the 29th. 

It will then present Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s “Rusalka,” a rarely performed bel canto-inspired lyric opera starting August 1 and running through the 3rd. 

The company will also perform two concerts on June 26 and July 31 with music by Aliabiev, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gretchaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Sviridov.

Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, and Florence Quivar are also slated to give masterclasses throughout the summer season with a number of audition master classes scheduled.

The Russian Opera Workshop is an independent summer training program for aspiring and professional opera singers.The artists are selected through a competitive audition process from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and Europe. Ghenady Meirson, a long-time faculty member at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music, founded the program back in 2011.

All events are free to the public, and take place at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at AVA, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are not required.