Libretto based on a fantasy poem by Mikhail Iurievitch Lermontov (R,G)
S,M,2A,T,Bar,2B; chorus; ballet;
picc.2.2.corA.2.bcl.2-220.127.116.11-timp, perc-harp-pianino(or harp)- org-strings
Anton J. Benjamin / Simrock
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Mariinski-Theater, St Petersburg
|TAMARA, his daughter
|PRINCE OF SINODAL, Tamara's fiancé
|An old servant of the Prince of Sinodal
|Messenger of the Prince of Sinodal
Time and Place
In Grusinia, during the time of the Tatar raids
The setting of the Demon is somewhere between heaven, hell and earth – just as the demon himself is a fallen angel, an inwardly torn character, a negating power and adversary of the angel at the same time. Unable to love and still be humble, he falls in love with Tamara, who is about to marry Prince Gudal’s son, and kills the bridegroom. The bride escapes to a convent and is visited by the demon, who promises to renounce evil and pictures their future as eternity and boundless power. Tamara, yielding to temptation, is killed when he kisses her. In the struggle for her soul, the angel keeps the upper hand, for "he who loves belongs to paradise". For the demon, nothing has really changed: he carries on living in eternal damnation and loses his hope in the shape of Tamara, with whom he shared his solitude, his longing for love, his thirst for knowledge and the sadness resulting from it all.
Dramatic, Romantic, Tragic
Ethics, Mythology, Relationships, Religion