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Arts Calendar / May 14 / Opera
19:00 Così fan tutte,ossia La scuola degli amanti
Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 220 min (with one interval). Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Music Director: Stefano Montanari. Stage Director: Floris Visser. Set Designer: Gideon Davey. Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles. Così has only had one production at the Bolshoi — in 1978. The première performances were conducted by Yuri Simonov, the staging was by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov, Valery Leventhal did the sets. The production was given 52 performances and in 1986 it was dropped from the repertoire. In 1989, La Scala presented its production of Così fan tutte at the Bolshoi. In 2012, the Bolshoi returned to the opera, giving it a concert performance at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. And now, two years on, the Theatre is to get its second production of Così fan tutte at the hands of a young production team headed by the Dutch director Floris Visser. Ferrando is in love with Dorabella and Guglielmo is in love with Fiordiligi, her sister. Don Alfonso outrages the men by stating that the girls will sooner or later be unfaithful to them; he makes a bet with them that he can prove his words within the space of a day, but that Ferrando and Guglielmo must follow his orders completely during that time. Dorabella and Fiordiligi are waiting impatiently and longingly for their lovers. Alfonso, however, arrives instead and imparts the disastrous news that their fiances must leave immediately for the battlefield. The couples swear eternal fidelity and with great difficulty the sisters bid farewell to their lovers. Ferrando and Guglielmo leave for the front...
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. 150 min (with one intermission). Music Directors: Jan Latham-Koenig, Dmitry Volosnikov. Conductors: Jan Latham-Koenig, Dmitry Volosnikov. Stage Director: Hans-Joachim Frey. Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles. In Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) there is everything that should attract a true music lover: a love story full of passion, the romantic atmosphere of Northern Britain where the opera is takes place, and,obviously, beautiful belcanto music. Gaetano Donizetti’s opera was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor which was incredibly popular at that time. The conflict in the story is based on the long-standing feud between two Scottish clans, the Ravenswoods and the Ashtons, and is aggravated by Enrico Ashton’s sister Lucia’s love for Ravenswood’s son, Edgardo, which fact is perceived by the others as dishonor to the Ashton clan. To repair his dented political position, Enrico plans to marry his sister off to Lord Arturo Bucklaw. To that end, he tries to make her submit to the wedding by showing her a forged letter about Edgardo’s infidelity. Shocked with her lover’s unfaithfulness, Lucia signs the marriage contract with Lord Bucklaw, which act entails a swing of tragic events… Love, jealousy, murder, madness… Lucia di Lammermoor is considered to be one of Donizetti’s most popular operas. The brilliant part of Lucia has invariably been in the repertoire of many celebrated sopranos, including Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and Edita Gruberova. The tenor part of Edgardo is no less effective; the closer is the opera’s finale, the higher are the notes. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is an example of the Italian romantic musical drama. Having absorbed the opera traditions of the previous period, it kind of throws a bridge between the Mozart musical theatre and Verdi’s dramatic operas.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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