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Arts Calendar / September 10 / Opera
19:00 La Serva Padrona/The Telephone
Evening of one-act operas. How can you see baroque Italy and America of the 20th century in one evening? In “Helikon-Opera” we came up with an idea of how to combine these two kinds of pleasure: we organise evenings of one-act operas! This novelty of the season will undoubtedly impress the audience and give an opportunity to enjoy such different but always gorgeous music. When Giovanni Pergolesi was creating his opera-buffa “La Serva Padrona” (The Servant Turned Mistress), he could not even imagine that it would become the reason of “Querelle des Bouffons” in Paris – the name given to the irreconcilable argument of great musical philosophers about old and new opera. However, it was not a problem for the “troublemaker” to dashingly gain popularity and make the name of the Italian composer famous all over the world. “La serva padrona” is an immortal story about old capricious bachelor Uberto, young charming servant Serpine and cunning servant Vespone. It will be performed in the first part of the evening. In the second one Giancarlo Menotti’s opera “The Telephone” is presented. Despite an Italian name, Menotti is considered as an American composer. Giancarlo moved to America when he was 18 years old and lived there till the old age. His comic opera in one act “The Telephone” is a mosaic of all sorts of comic situations that happen during an ordinary telephone chitchat. The plot is simple and quite modern: Ben is in love with Lucy and is going to propose to her but always fails as the girl is constantly talking on the phone. When his patience is over, a brilliant idea comes to his mind: to call Lucy and tell her about his feelings on the phone… How will this funny story end? Of course, there is a happy finale! Viewers will leave the theatre in a good mood.
Helikon Opera 
19:00 La Traviata
Based on the opera in two acts by Giuseppe Verdi. 130 min (with one intermission). Musical version: Evgeny Kolobov. Conductor: Valery Kritskov. Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles. This production prefers black to bright colours. Novaya Opera’s La Traviata is not a romantic love story, but a tragedy of love and death. The performance begins and ends with Violetta’s death. In the interim, Violetta, like a wounded bird, thrashes and rushes about, trying to break out from the closed circuit of her own destiny. The production reveals the gap between the current and the last century. The theatre not only feels sympathy for Violetta and Alfredo, but mourns over them. "Such a professional in all its components, complete and unpredictable performance has not been seen not only at the Novaya Opera, but in the whole of Moscow for a long time," The Kultura newspaper. "In this performance the nerves are naked. The reactions are rapid and spontaneous. The producers have enlarged the emotions of the characters, leaving only the gist of the story and throwing off what in their opinion is useless entourage, décor," Supplement to the Pervoe Sentyabrya — Iskusstvo newspaper. "Traviata is an example of a present-day production as it should be like but seldom is — intellectual, stylish, benecial and infatuating," The Moscow Tribune newspaper.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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