In 2018, CitiOpera continues its transformation with an Australian premiere performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's one-act treasure, Kashchey the Immortal in Melbourne’s prestigious Recital Centre in Southbank. Following the success of Verdi's Il Trovatore and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, CitiOpera returns with a premiere performance of a rarely performed Russian fairy-tale opera, Kashchey the Immortal.


This rare gem of an opera was written in 1902 on the cusp of a new century and the birth of modernism. Rimsky-Korsakov tells this timeless tale of love and redemption with moments of lush romanticism, and cutting-edge harmonies, foreshadowing the future works of Stravinsky and Prokofiev.


CitiOpera’s concert performance of this important work stars an outstanding Australian cast of talent you'll be hearing much more of in the future. 2016-17 Herald-Sun Aria finalist, Raphael Wong as Ivan-Korolevich, acclaimed Melbourne tenor and star of Victorian Opera, Michael Lapiña in the title role of Kashchey, Europe-based Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis as Tsarevna, outstanding Russian-Australian mezzo-soprano from Sydney, Viktoria Bolonina, and the incredible Melbourne-based Russian bass, Alex Pokryshevsky as Burya Bogatyr.


After a ten-year career in Europe, CitiOpera's music director, Maestro Alan Cook leads CitiOpera’s orchestra and chorus in the first ever performance on Australian soil of this spellbinding work.


This is not a concert to be missed!


Sung in Russian with English surtitles.


Sunday 18th March at 7.30 pm @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne






Sponsored by Henkell Brothers Investment Managers Australia and the Robert Salzer Foundation.