Nadezdah Babintseva, top, Efim Zavalny and Olga Tolkmit perform in "Demon."
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Lonely demon meets beautiful girl and falls in love.Demon kills off girl's fiance.to its essentials, that's the plot of Anton Rubinstein's 1871 opera "Demon," adapted from a poem of the same name by the Russian romantic writer Mikhail Lermontov. The lushly melodious opera remains popular in Russia, but it's little known elsewhere – making it a natural choice for Bard College's 15th annual SummerScape festival of the arts, which specializes in staging what founder (and college president) Leon Botstein considers unjustly neglected works.So Strassberger is focusing on the heroine, Tamara, a Georgian princess who never meets the man she's engaged to.Strassberger said it's important to note the opera is titled "Demon" rather than "The Demon"."Demon" was one of 20 operas composed by Rubinstein, best remembered as a virtuoso pianist and a teacher of composition whose pupils included Tchaikovsky.
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