Russian Soul

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David Robertson was gracious enough to invite me onto the stage where I got a back-row first-violins view
of Alexander Nevsky rehearsal. Early
in the clip you may get a glimpse of
a mane of blond hair near the
conductor’s podium, which belongs to the
astonishing mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina. You’ll get some small idea of just
how astonishing she is near the
close of the segment, when I move
out into the auditorium. St. Louis
Symphony Chorus director Amy Kaiser told me she was very excited about
Manistina singing Prokofiev this week–a true Russian mezzo who has sung many of the great roles of Russian opera.