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Arts Calendar / March 31 / Concerts
19:00 Aida
Opera by Giuseppe Verdi in concert from. Conductors: Evgeny Samoilov, Vasily Valitov. Stage Director: Alexey Veiro. 180 min (with one intermission). Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles. Aida (1871) is one of Verdi’s greatest pieces. An exotic plot, based on an ancient Egyptian legend, beautiful melodies, inimitable Oriental flavour — all this makes this opera special among Verdi’s other operas. There is a lot of decorative splendor, brightness and colours in Aida. Extensive ensembles and massive crowd scenes, solemn marches and ballet numbers make this piece one of the “grand opera” genre. The love story is set amidst the Egyptian pharaoh’s fight against the Ethiopians. Radames, a brave Egyptian warrior, is in love with Aida, the Ethiopian king’s daughter, who is now a slave to the Pharaoh. But Radames has to marry Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter. Amneris takes revenge on Radames for her unrequited love and gives him to the priests’ judgment. Radames is sentenced to a terrible execution – to be buried alive in a dungeon. Aida joins Radames in the dungeon to die with him
Novaya Opera Theatre 
19:00 Alexander Romanovsky (Russia)
Pianist Alexander Romanovsky will perform works by Rachmaninoff. Described by Carlo Maria Giulini as “extraordinarily gifted,” pianist Alexander Romanovsky is a riveting, distinct and subtle performer with an utterly engaging voice. Born in Ukraine in 1984, Alexander studied with his mentor Leonid Margarius at the Imola Piano Academy for fifteen years before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music (London) with Dmitri Alexeev. At the age of seventeen, he won First Prize at the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy. Praised by The New York Times as “special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for colour and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter,” Alexander graces many of the world’s most prestigious stages in recital. Recent highlights include the complete Chopin ?tudes in the Main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Teatro Olimpico in Rome; Tokyo’s Asahi and Kioi halls; Chile’s Teatro Municipal; and Sala Verdi at Milan’s Conservatorio; as well as a performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Romanovsky regularly performs with major orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and The Americas including the UK’s Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber etc.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall 
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