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Tuesday
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Iolanta – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's last opera – was written two years before the composer’s de...Show more
Iolanta – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's last opera – was written two years before the composer’s death. In 1884 Tchaikovsky read the one-act play King Rene’s Daughter by the Danish dramatist Henrik Hertz. The poetic story of Iolanta who has been blind from birth and is cured of her ailment through love inspired Tchaikovsky, who was looking for a subject for a short, lyrical opera. The eternal gloom in which Iolanta lives peacefully becomes a symbol of spiritual blindness and the source of deep pain for those close to her. Love ignites her heart’s desire to see the world and inspires her courage to undergo the pain that will enable her to see. At the request of the composer, his brother Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote an operatic libretto after the plot of King Rene’s Daughter. The opera was written between July and December 1891, and the premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre on 6 December 1892. It is believed that the composer’s philosophical intentions are reflected in the plot of the opera, as he had a keen interest in the philosophy of Spinoza. Whether that is the case or not Iolanta stands apart from Tchaikovsky’s other works because of its unusual "otherworldly" plot and the touching, light and serene music. Full info
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Baritone: Konstantin Shushakov
Bass-baritone: Luca Pisaroni
Conductor: Michael Guttler
Composer: Charles Gounod
Conductor: Michael Guttler
Soprano: Anita Hartig
Tenor: Stephen Costello
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16
May
Wednesday
Opera
"Betrothal in a Monastery is not just a magnificent production, it is a brilliant operatic work...Show more
"Betrothal in a Monastery is not just a magnificent production, it is a brilliant operatic work as well… It is a unique blend of Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, and in terms of energy and glitter Prokofiev’s music is close to the operas of Rossini. It is clear that both the company and maestro Gergiev love this work… The opera “looks a million dollars”, which, indeed, is not so very far from the truth. If that is true, then the Mariinsky Theatre has spent its money wisely!"Dallas Morning News Full info
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18
May
Friday
Opera
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady o...Show more
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady of the Camellias. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray. The title character of the play is Marguerite Gautier, who is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas, fils. Duplessis was both a popular courtesan and the hostess of a salon, where politicians, writers, and artists gathered for socializing. Alexandre Dumas, père allegedly insisted on his son splitting up with Duplessis: and when he returned to Paris, she had already died of consumption. Since its debut as a play, numerous editions have been performed at theatres around the world. Giuseppe Verdi attended the Paris première of the play and soon turned to composing the opera. When Dumas, fils heard La traviata, he said: “Nobody would have remembered my Lady of the Camellias in 50 years but for Verdi, who made it immortal”. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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19
May
Saturday
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Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is a "musical fairy tale" based on the story by Hans Chr...Show more
Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is a "musical fairy tale" based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. It is an opera in three acts, scored for full orchestra with optional guitar and mandolin parts. According to Stravinsky, he chose a Hans Christian Andersen tale out of nostalgia for his boyhood. It is considered a short work for an opera--about forty-five minutes--and its three acts, as Eric White notes, are more like three scenes in a single-act opera. Full info
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MAN, MYTH, OR MONSTER? Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova has fascinated audi...Show more
MAN, MYTH, OR MONSTER? Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. Full info
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20
May
Sunday
Opera
Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is a "musical fairy tale" based on the story by Hans Chr...Show more
Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is a "musical fairy tale" based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. It is an opera in three acts, scored for full orchestra with optional guitar and mandolin parts. According to Stravinsky, he chose a Hans Christian Andersen tale out of nostalgia for his boyhood. It is considered a short work for an opera--about forty-five minutes--and its three acts, as Eric White notes, are more like three scenes in a single-act opera. Full info
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Neglected and mistreated by her step-family, poor Cinderella dreams of a better life. The magical ap...Show more
Neglected and mistreated by her step-family, poor Cinderella dreams of a better life. The magical appearance of her Fairy Godmother restores hope, and all her wishes are granted. Able to take her place amongst the ladies at Prince Charming’s ball, the Prince is enchanted with the beautiful girl. But when the magic fades at midnight and she flees, leaving behind only a slipper –will the Prince find his true love again? And can Cinderella find her happy ending? The enduring tale of Cinderella will delight audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after.” Full info
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21
May
Monday
Opera
No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting dram...Show more
No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. With dazzling bursts of color, a thrilling production brings the sights and sounds of Seville to life, from the dusty town center to the clamor of the bullring. Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another, a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Full info
Composer: Georges Bizet
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La bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories. When young poet Rodolfo mee...Show more
La bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories. When young poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimi, it’s love at first sight. But faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health, will the flame that burns between them flicker and die? Or will the timeless strength of their youthful passion withstand every trial and tribulation that life can throw at them? Full info
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Musical director and conductor - Ara Karapetyan
Director - Lyudmila Naletova
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Musical director and conductor - Ara Karapetyan Director - Lyudmila Naletova Protagonists: Cio-Cio-San - Irina Arkadieva, Irina Vaschenko, Olga Guryakova Pinkerton - Akhmed Agadi, Roman Muravitsky, Mikhail Urusov Suzuki - Natalia Vladimireskaya, Elena Maximova, Margarita Mamsirova, Ella Feiginova Sharpless - Anatoly Loshak, Evgeny Polikanin Full info
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
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This is a story of love – passionate, ardent, scorching and, at times, burning out everything around...Show more
This is a story of love – passionate, ardent, scorching and, at times, burning out everything around. This is a story about the Russian soul that has always had room for purity, poetry, self-denial and mercy. At the same time, this is a story about the atrocious time of total lawlessness in Russia, when the authorities treated an individual as a plaything for their own ends. This is a story about Russia, where “high above spreads the sky like a spacious marquee”. “Is the sky in foreign lands the same as here?” sings “the Tsar’s bride”, Marfa Sobakina, and Evgeny Kolobov regarded these words as the leitmotif of the opera. Full info
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Friday

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Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed...Show more
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias. Onegin is a uniquely Russian opera with a universality that has made it globally popular. None of the characters are easy to associate with and yet the events and their actions ring horribly true. Full info
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This is a story of love – passionate, ardent, scorching and, at times, burning out everything around...Show more
This is a story of love – passionate, ardent, scorching and, at times, burning out everything around. This is a story about the Russian soul that has always had room for purity, poetry, self-denial and mercy. At the same time, this is a story about the atrocious time of total lawlessness in Russia, when the authorities treated an individual as a plaything for their own ends. This is a story about Russia, where “high above spreads the sky like a spacious marquee”. “Is the sky in foreign lands the same as here?” sings “the Tsar’s bride”, Marfa Sobakina, and Evgeny Kolobov regarded these words as the leitmotif of the opera. Full info

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26
May
Saturday
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27
May
Sunday
Opera
Baritone: Konstantin Shushakov
Conductor: Michal Klauza
Mezzo soprano: Julia Mazurova
Mezzo soprano: Yevgenia Segenyuk
Soprano: Ksenia Dezhneva
Tenor: Vadim Babichuk
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Monday
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May
Tuesday
Opera
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Conductor: Michal Klauza
Mezzo soprano: Yevgenia Segenyuk
Soprano: Anastasia Barun
Soprano: Anastasia Barun
Soprano: Ksenia Dezhneva
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
Tenor: Taras Prisyazhnyuk
Tenor: Vadim Babichuk
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Wednesday
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This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love stor...Show more
This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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Thursday
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The opera Manon Lescaut is considered to be one of Giacomo Puccini’s finest works.

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The opera Manon Lescaut is considered to be one of Giacomo Puccini’s finest works. Originally staged in Turin in 1893, it was the composer’s first undoubted triumph. The libretto is based on the novel L’histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbй Prйvost, one of the first ever psychological novels, which was very popular throughout Europe. The creators of the Mikhailovsky Theatre production, director Jьrgen Flimm and designer George Tsypin, have kept the action in Paris but have changed the period, setting the events in the early twentieth century. In their vivid adaptation, the heroine is a budding movie star and her lover is also an actor, whilst her wealthy admirer is a Hollywood producer. The set design for the show resembles film noir in style with its characteristic lighting contrasts and dramatic shadows. The striking costumes are very much in keeping with the cinematography of the 1930s and 1940s. The emotional content is unchanged, succinctly described by the director as: “One woman, two men — catastrophic consequences.” Full info
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This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love stor...Show more
This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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June
Friday
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Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed...Show more
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias. Onegin is a uniquely Russian opera with a universality that has made it globally popular. None of the characters are easy to associate with and yet the events and their actions ring horribly true. Full info
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Saturday
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There are few productions in the world of opera that could compete with this lyrical drama. It is no...Show more
There are few productions in the world of opera that could compete with this lyrical drama. It is not pretentious, convoluted or emotional — here, the art of opera and the real world collide. It was not by chance that Puccini turned to the only book by Murger that survived its author: The composer knew the protagonists very well: at times, during his studies at the Milan Conservatory, he too had to go without food, just like them. Later, at the time of success and financial independence, he was a centre of the crowd of artists, painters and writers, nicknamed on his initiative ‘The Bohemian Club.’ The composer conceived the idea of the opera in 1893. The opera was created to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica (1853-1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906), yet it was Puccini who shaped the plan and sketched the characters of the protagonists, who differ from those in the original. Puccini was absorbed by the opera and started composing it in 1894, when the libretto wasn’t ready yet. Puccini wrote his opera La bohème contemporaneously with Leoncavallo’s own treatment of the same story. The rivalry ended in a quarrel. By the end of 1985 Puccini’s La bohème was ready and received its première on 1 February 1896 in Turin. Full info
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
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Sunday
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Monday
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One of the most popular operas by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, was composed in a very sho...Show more
One of the most popular operas by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, was composed in a very short period of time and became a unique masterpiece reflecting its author’s preoccupation. Tchaikovsky accepted the commission to write an opera based on the short story by Alexander Pushkin in 1889. Herman, a poor officer, is desperately in love with Lisa, a heiress to the rich old Countess. One day he learns that the Countess knows the secret of the three winning cards. Herman becomes obsessed with obtaining the secret. He tries to find out the secret, however, the old lady dies of fright. The loss of hope drives Herman mad. Soon the ghost of the Countess appears and names the secret three cards: Three, Seven, Ace. The madman rushes to the casino. Passion overcomes reason: “What’s our life? A game!” The only gain of the miserable lover is death. Full info
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The libretto of the opera is based on the jewel of ancient Russian literature - The Tale of Igor's C...Show more
The libretto of the opera is based on the jewel of ancient Russian literature - The Tale of Igor's Campaign. Text and music were being written for 18 years but were finished by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov after the composer’s death. The opera also includes famous The Polovetsian Dances – a bright vocal-choreographic scene that has become a legend. For the 1890 premiere of Prince Igor the spirit of the wild dances was conveyed by choreographer Leo Ivanov, a co-author of the famous ballet Swan Lake. Full info
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