So the legend goes that when the Mongols approached Kitezh Grad, its citizens were not even trying to defend themselves as they fully trusted into God’s protection. They prayed together until, in front of the astonished invaders, the whole town submerged under the waters of Lake Svetloyar until nothing was seen, but the cross on the golden dome of the cathedral. It said that only those who are pure in their heart and soul will find their way to Kitezh Grad.
A programme of arias and ensembles from Russian operas, based on Russian fairy tales and folklore, is performed by OperaCoast soloists. This performance is a highlight of the Sing Russian course, run annually by OperaCoast and designed to enable non-Russian speaking professional singers to perform Russian repertoire in the original language.
Piano: Nicole Panizza
Piano (apprentice): Ashley Beauchamp
Soloists: André Andrade (baritone), Joshua Baxter (tenor), Iria Perestrelo (soprano), Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), Jolyon Loy (baritone), Anne Marie Sheridan (soprano), Stephanie Wake-Edwards (mezzo-soprano)
Music and language coaching: Anastasia Witts
Animation: Rob Cunningham and Rachel Hunter