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Arts Calendar / May 15 / Opera
19:00 Boris Godunov
Musical drama in two parts to music by Modest Mussorgsky. 160 min (with one intermission). Music Director: Dmitry Volosnikov. Conductors: Dmitry Volosnikov, Valery Kritskov. Stage Director: Valery Belyakovich. Set Designer: Eduard Kochergin. Novaya Opera’s production of the original version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, which was rejected by the Committee of the Imperial Theatres 130 years ago, came as a major revelation to the opera-goers. All authentic compositions should be returned to the public, and the Novaya Opera Theatre brings back not only the original version of the opera, composed by Mussorgsky in one go, but also the historical events surrounding the Time of Troubles, on which Aleksandr Pushkin’s drama is based. The true heroes of the opera are not the haughty Tsar and boyars, but people of tragic fate, caught in the whirlpool of history. The style of the production is austere, consistent, figurative and theatrical. "In the production… there is no politics… there israther politics of the soul, as the characters look primarily like people with a hint of physical and spiritual weakness," - Vechernyaya Moskva newspaper.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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 The Telephone. The Medium
Operas by Gian Carlo Menotti. Run with one interval. Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti. Conductor of the premiere: Alexei Vereshchagin. Stage Director: Alexander Molochnikov. Sung in English with Russian surtitles. The two operas – The Medium and The Telephone – will be performed in one night, exactly as composer wished. But we wanted to go further and unite them into one piece with a common plot and characters, and at the same time to dramatize the cheerful Telephone, making it any closer to The Medium. In our performance there are cross-cutting characters, whose parts are performed by the same artists. Two main heroes of the Telephone – a girl, and a boy, trying to break through phone calls and to confess his love to her, – they are complicit in a fake spiritual séance. The girl turns out to be Madame Flora’s daughter, and her admirer is none other than mute boy Toby. We have divided his role for a dramatic actor and a singer: first, Toby without uttering a sound declares his love by means of … a cyborg (The Telephone), and during the spiritual session he provides technical support (The Medium). Also our operas share a common space – we called it the Temple of Hope. Madame Flora receives clients here, while her daughter conducts seances remotely. To make the story more authentic, we replace the action from the XX century to our days. We would like to involve the entire audience in this story, Alexander Molochnikov says.
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