At Covent Garden she has sung the roles of the mysterious and vengeful Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and the vivacious Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. And her concert programme naturally includes many works by her fellow Russians – the composers who made up the group called The Five.
Her songs, accompanied at the piano by Helmut Deutsch, will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s On the Hills of Georgis, and the tender The Rose and the Nightingale. Semenchuk also sings works by Balakirev, Borodin, and Mussorgsky, and Cui.
The Five were young men who in the 1850s and 1860s had ambitions for Russian music. They wanted to shake off the strictures of the conservatoire system and honour Russia’s musical roots in its folk songs and dances. Several composers had day jobs – Borodin was a chemist, Rimsky-Korsakov was a naval officer: without influential patrons or contacts, they had to subsidise their own music-making.
Semenchuk trained at the St Petersburg conservatoire, and made her Royal Opera debut in 2008. In 2005 she sang at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles, singing Russian music, of course: Grechaninov’s Orthodox Creed.
Booking opens on 8 November.
|Ekaterina Semenchuk, Wigmore Hall
|Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP
|Bond Street (underground)
On 12 Mar 17, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
|£15 - £37
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