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Arts Calendar / April 15 / Opera
19:00 Robinson Crusoe
The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre is happy to announce the premiere of Jacques Offenbach’s comic opera “Robinson Crusoe”. It will be the first Russian performance of this musical blockbuster of the late XIX century. The libretto is based on Daniel Defoe’s famous novel that was loosely interpreted by playwrights Eugene Cormon and Hector-Jonathan Cremier. The Russian text for Alexander Titel’s production was written by Alexei Ivashchenko. The Music Director of the opera is Arif Dadashev. The scenographer and costume designer of the production is Vladimir Arefiev. The stage director Alexander Titel shares his view on the performance: “This is the story of the “prodigal sons” who discover the world every now and again both for themselves and for us. It is them, the “prodigal children” who fly into space, develop science and create art. Offenbach’s sense of adventurousness, curiosity and pure joy is so greatly fit in his musical ensembles and that is exactly what we want to share with our audience”. The play was firstly staged in Paris on November 23, 1867. Less than a year later it was staged in Vienna and Brussels and finally found its way to the USA. In XX century the renewed interest to this comic opera was brought by plays in London and Paris and by the record produced by Opera Rara label in 1981.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
19:00 Tosca
Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Victorien Sardou’s play of the same name. Music Director: Daniele Callegari. Director, Set & Costume Designer, Lighting Designer: Stefano Poda. Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov. Sung in Italian. Cesare Angelotti, former consul of the Roman Republic and now an escaped political prisoner, runs into the church and hides in the Attavanti private chapel – his sister, the Marchesa Attavanti, has left a key to the chapel hidden at the feet of the statue of the Madonna. The elderly Sacristan enters and begins cleaning. The Sacristan kneels in prayer as the Angelus sounds. The painter Mario Cavaradossi arrives to continue work on his picture of Mary Magdalene. The Sacristan identifies a likeness between the portrait and a blonde-haired woman who has been visiting the church recently (unknown to him, it is Angelotti's sister the Marchesa). Cavaradossi describes the "hidden harmony" ("Recondita armonia") in the contrast between the blonde beauty of his painting and his dark-haired lover, the singer Floria Tosca. The Sacristan mumbles his disapproval before leaving...
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