More than 50 years ago, Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducted the Russian premiere of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. One of those performances was in the presence of the composer.
On December 8th, 2013 he conducts Death in Venice in a semi-staged performance at the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow to mark the centenary of Britten’s birth.
Last year he conducted an all-Britten concert in the first season of his three–year festival of British music “Albion in the mist” including ‘The company of heaven,’ ‘Diversions’ for Piano and Orchestra, ‘Soirées musicales’ and ‘Matinées musicales’.
For this performance of Death in Venice, he has invited Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies and Peter Coleman Wright to sing the principal roles.