From Russia with Love: Day 1

4th June 2013

Less than a month after our return from Shanghai and we’re on the road again, with Aurora’s first visit to St Petersburg for a five-day tour with Mahogany Opera performing Benjamin Britten’s Church Parables.

Members of Aurora Orchestra flew into St Petersburg on Monday and will give the first-ever performance in Russia of The Prodigal Son in the iconic setting of the Hermitage Theatre this evening. Britten visited the Hermitage in 1966 and was prompted to compose the piece by Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son, an astonishing canvas which hangs in the museum. Tonight’s performance takes place just yards from the painting which inspired it, with Frederic Wake-Walker directing a new production from Mahogany Opera featuring tenor James Gilchrist.

We’ll keep you posted with all the tour news here over the coming days, but in the meantime here are some photos taken by members of the touring party of our time so far.