The libretto was written by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky
, and is based on the Danish play "Kong Renes Datter" ("King Rene's Daughter") by Henrik Hertz, a romanticized account of the life of Yolande de Bar.
's celebrated Serenade for Strings will then bring the evening to a close.
'The Nutcracker' was created by Marius Petipa and Lev Inavov with an original score composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
. It was first performed in 1892 at the Marinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
Today, the opera presents one of Tchaikovsky
's most impressive and varied scores, containing grand choruses, intimate arias and duets, such as Liza and Gherman's passionate Act I love duet, a masquerade paying tribute to Mozart and a terrifying supernatural episode.
Another composition that will feature Hirschl is Tchaikovsky
's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" for cello and orchestra.
Natalya has sung a number of key Russian roles including Lisa in Tchaikovsky
's Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky
's Iolanta and last year she was Tatyana for Garsington Opera.
His playing in this concert surpassed even that performance as he brought Tchaikovsky
's complex work to vivid life.
The story unfolds from the point of view of composer Peter Tchaikovsky
(played by veteran stage actor Miguel Faustmann) who unites the three excerpts by sharing his intimate memories and anecdotes behind each ballet.
was then presented with a prize cheque for GBP2016.00 and a trophy in the form of a commemorative engraved bookend cheque.
To keep Doha's classical music lovers happy, QPO has some big shows such as Tchaikovsky
's Romeo and Juliet in March, and Marcel Khalife's Oud concerto in April, and has now come out with its detailed programme for February.