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Arts Calendar / March 12 / Opera
19:00 Nabucco
Opera in two acts by Giuseppe Verdi. 140 min (with one intermission). Music Director: Evgeny Samoilov. Conductors: Evgeny Samoilov, Valery Kritskov, Jan Latham-Koenig, Alexandru Samoilă. Stage Director: Andrejs Žagars. Stage Movement Director: Elita BukovskaPerformed in Italian with Russian surtitles. This production gives unusual treatment to the biblical story about the defeat of the Jews by the Babylonian King Nabucco and the conflict between the two nations. The story is transferred to the mid-20th century, when the dictatorial regimes in Europe (Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, and Stalin in the USSR) severely persecuted and repressed the Jewish people. The action is set at a metro station, where people come to hide from hostilities, bombing and the cruelty of the outside world. But the place gives an ambivalent impression: on the one hand it is safe, while on the other hand the closed space makes the characters’ inner and outward conflict still more piercing and tragic.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
19:00 Tosca
Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa. Director: Dmitry Bertman. Sung in Italian.Tosca is a political thriller, set in Rome in June 1800 (during the Napoleonic wars and a time of great political unrest). The action takes place over less than 24 hours, making it an intense experience! The plot centres around three main characters – Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi (a painter and republican) and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Scarpia has long lusted after Tosca, and when he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. He will manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner’s hiding place and Cavaradossi’s involvement, and have her for himself. When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed… what will she choose, and who will survive?
Helikon Opera 
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