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In an act of poetic justice, the other Tchaikowsky, André Tchaikowsky—pianist, composer, and posthumous celebrity—is finally receiving the recognition he craved in his lifetime. His opera, The Merchant of Venice, in a production directed by Keith Warner, comes to the Royal Opera House in July.

It is impossible to consider this setting of a distressing and eternally awkward play without reflecting on the life of its composer, who died leaving it almost complete and regarding it as his magnum opus. Of the many extraordinary tributes paid to him, perhaps the most telling is that of his former manager, Terry Harrison: “If he had been a different character, he could have had a very, very major career.”

Read more in the Jewish Quarterly.

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