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Arts Calendar / January 23 / Concerts
19:00 Il pirata
Opera by Vincenzo Bellini in concert form. Conductor: Andrey Lebedev. Choirmaster: Yulia Senyukova Stage Director, Author of Video: Victoria Agarkova. The opera Il pirata was Vincenzo Bellini’s first composition written in cooperation with Felice Romani (1788–1865),the best librettist of that time. The work with him was proof of the young composer’s success. Bellini wrote most of the operas, including I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La sonnambula and Norma, to Romani’s texts. Il pirata was one of the findings of the Novaya Opera’s founder Evgeny Kolobov (1946–2003). The opera’s piano reduction and fragments of its full score were found in the library of the Mariinsky Theatre. The conductor created his own version and orchestration of the opera and presented it in concert in the Grand Hall of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonia in 1984. It was the first time in the Soviet Union that the composition was performed in the original language – Evgeny Kolobov was convinced that the opera music is inseparable from the melody of the language in which it is written. In 1989, the maestro produced Il pirata at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. In 2008, excerpts from the opera were released on CD (the recording of 1985). In 2021, the composition will be performed in concert at the Epiphany Festival in the Novaya Opera to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Evgeny Kolobov’s birth.
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