The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg contains many masterpieces but five of them are on permanent display: lining the River Neva, they are the five buildings of the great palace complex itself. But even among these magnificent buildings one is truly unique. It is the Hermitage Theatre, the oldest theatre in St. Petersburg and the only eighteenth-century theatre building left in the city.
The 18th century witnessed the Golden Age of the Hermitage Theatre, when its position as the theatre of the court made it the most important theatre in the Russian Empire. It was also one of the most important music centres in Europe. Some of the greatest composers, writers and artists of the time worked for the Hermitage Theatre and left it a great artistic heritage, which is now undeservedly forgotten.
Now, thanks to the work of such artists as the baroque ensemble ‘The Soloists of Catherine the Great’ - who meticulously strive to rescue the performing arts of the 18th century from oblivion - it is one again possible to immerse ourselves in the potent atmosphere and the spectacular heritage of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Theatre during its ‘Golden Age’.
When Arlen discovers his great-grandfather left behind a long lost opera that's never been performed, he knows what he has to do. He just doesn't know how to do it.
Andina is the 80-year-old opera written by immigrant composer Eustasio Rosales. The Spanish language score was never performed until Arlen Parsa, Rosales’ great-grandson, discovered the work and began researching composer’s story. Now he's determined to fulfill his family legacy and resurrect the opera, decades after it was first written.
But after promising his entire family that the 80 year old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head?