Opera in three acts. Libreto by Pavel Alexandrovich Viskovatov.
World premiere: 25/01/1875, Mariïnski Theatre of Saint Petersburg.
Premiere at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Stage director: Dmitry Bertman
Set and costume designer: Hartmut SchöRghofer
Lighting designer: Thomas C. Hase
Video: Fettfilm (Momme Hinrichs And Torge Möller)
Coreography: Edwald Smirnoff
Co-Production: Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Helikon Opera (Moscow), Staatstheater NüRnberg And Opéra National De Bordeaux
Symphony Orchestra And Chorus Of The Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director Of The Chorus: Conxita Garcia
Rubinstein's materpiece about the demon's love obsession.
Anton Rubinstein wrote more than fifteen operas, of which only Néro was seen in the Liceu in 1898. It was the first Russian opera staged in Barcelona. The composer and pianist - Liszt's rival - performed on two occasions at the Liceu. He played in the orchestra on one of them for the ballet of his opera, Demon, based on the homonymous poem of the “cursed” Mikhail Lermontov, branded as sacrilegious and blasphemous by the Russian ecclesiastical censors.
With this co-production, the Liceu contributes to the rediscovery of one of the most genuinely Romantic operas of the Russian repertoire, along with the celebrated titles by Mussorgsky or Tchaikovsky. This is an excellent opportunity to recover a classic of Slavic opera.