Rebel of the keys

In 2013 an opera was performed for the first time, but from whom? This is the story of an eccentric genius with a rare gift who would rather be thought of as a ‘dangerous dinner guest’ than a man with a tragic backstory. André Tchaikowsky's story starts in the Warsaw ghetto from where he made a miraculous escape to rapid fame as a pianist touring the world with Rubinstein. But his greatest wish was to be a composer. Tragedy struck again in his 40s when he died having completed all but a few bars of his opera composition of The Merchant of Venice, and was better known for being the man who left his skull to The Royal Shakespeare Company. That all changed in 2013 when his opera was staged for the very first time on the world stage.

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