The Delaware County Symphony in collaboration with the NYC based opera company Pacific Encore Performances will perform in English the beloved Russian Opera Snegurouchka (The Snow Maiden) in the beautiful 300 seat Meagher Theater on the tranquil campus of Neumann University in Aston, PA on Sunday December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The theatre is handicapped accessible and there is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre.
The opera is based on a beloved Russian folk tale that involves a love child, Snegurouchka, born of the goddess of Spring, and the god of Frost. In time Snegurouchka grows up to become a beautiful woman. She is now too mature to be confined in a forest castle. Although she is capable of deep love for her parents, and they to her, she is too frosty to appreciate or handle romantic love. Nonetheless, she is anxious for her freedom and the parents with great reluctance finally allow her to live among common people in the village. But there is one issue: if she finds love, she becomes vulnerable to the power of the sun god and she may melt. The story will unfold for you in the flowing orchestral music and the soaring voices of this beautiful opera.
The Snow Maiden was written in 1880 in only three months and the new opera was premiered in St. Petersburg on February 10, 1882 and met with great success. Although it is a great favorite in Russia, the opera is nearly unknown in the west. The story, drawn from Russian fairy tales, is woven into a beautiful tapestry of Russian music filled with Russian folk melodies, Wagnerian leitmotivs and music that was obviously written in Heaven. Join us for this very special performance! Tickets are $15.00 and $12.00 for seniors. Children under age 12 are admitted free with paying adult. Additional information at 610-879-7059. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.dcsmusic.org