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Arts Calendar / November 12 / Opera
19:00 Faust
Opera in three acts by Charles Gounod. 220 min (with two intervals). Music Director and Conductor: Jan Latham-Koenig. Conductor: Andrey Lebedev. Stage Director: Ekaterina Odegova. Performed in French with Russian subtitles. Charles Gounod’ Faust after the Goethe tragedy enjoys pride of place among the operas that captured Russian hearts back in the 19th century. The opera almost immediately gained popularity in Russia. The Bolshoi Theatre staged the first version in 1866, just seven years after the Paris premiere. Faust is quite literally part of Russian and Moscow opera culture. Among the exited admirers of this piece was a young doctor who later became a famous writer and playwright, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891–1940). Gounod’s opera is a recurrent character in Bulgakov’s work, and it is mentioned in the novel Master and Margarita.The Novaya Opera Theatre presented its Faust in the year of the 150th anniversary of the opera’s Moscow premiere, and of the 125th anniversary of Mikhail Bulgakov’s birth. In this production, made by stage director Ekaterina Odegova and dramatist and opera critic Mikhail Muginshtein, Goethe’s and Gounod’s characters will possess recognizable Moscow features. Evgeny Stavinsky is prize-winner in the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Award in the categorie Opera. Best Actor for the part of Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust in the 2016/2017.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
19:00 Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. Libretto by Cesare Sterbini after the comedy of the same name by Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais. Presented with one interval. Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi. Stage Director: Evgeny Pisarev. Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin. Sung in Italian. Rossini’s operatic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been staged all over the world, and even children recognize Figaro’s famous aria, while Figaro qua, Figaro là and La calunnia è un venticello have become bywords. The witty Rossini, being not only an outstanding composer but also a brilliant cook, developed the recipe for the opera’s incessant, astounding success. Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who’s going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini’s music — the aural equivalent of champagne — is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of all operatic comedies.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 Turandot
Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. 160 min (with one intermission). Libretto by G. Adami and R. Simoni. Director: Dmitry Bertman. Musical director and conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev. "Turandot" was the first performance of the works of the great Puccini on the theatre stage, and it instantly had a huge success! “Turandot” in "Helikon-Opera” is incredibly beautiful! Dmitry Bertman has really unraveled this terrible story, moving away from the traditional and pretentious young lady of eastern origin," says People's Artist of the USSR Alla Pugacheva. "I don't always like contemporary opera stagings, but in this one there is a thought, there is a sense, there is peculiar perspective, and it's interesting to me," says Irina Viner, President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. According to a music critic Valery Kichin, "An unusually beautiful, powerful, dynamic and perfectly created perfomance is now available to watch here in Moscow." The list of reviews is almost endless. What will win – love or revenge? And again we enjoy the incredibly beautiful moon, and again we suffer with dedicated Liu, and again with a pounding heart we wait for Calaf to sing his famous Nessun Dorma... The ending will surprise everyone. Puccini is a master of asking riddles. And we are full of surprises.
Helikon Opera 
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