The Night of Russian Romances


Russian Romance is a wonderful genre. It emerged in the wake of Romanticism trends, and has not lost its popularity until today. 

Few composers could resist the temptation to explore the possibilities that no other genre, except for romance, offers, its deeply personal, almost intimate expression. “I am highly inspired by the poetry”, – confessed Sergei Rachmaninoff. – “What I love most after the music is poetry ... I always have some poetry with me. Poetry inspires the music, because poetry itself contains a lot of music. They are like twin sisters”. Poetic words by Pushkin, Baratynsky, Tyutchev, Fet, Lermontov are forever merged with their musical incarnation in romances by Glinka, Gurilev, Varlamov, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.
Special value is added to the Night of Russian Romance in the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera because of the unique atmosphere of the old cozy hall in Baron von Derviz Mansion, where the theatre is located.