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Arts Calendar / June 16 / Opera
19:00 Carmen
Opera by George Bizet. 130 min. Stage Director – Dmitry Bertman. Musical Director – Kirill Tikhonov. The play is awarded “The Golden Mask” Russian National Theatre Award in two categories: “Best director’s work of musical theatre” and “Best actress of musical theatre” (1998). The Opera “Carmen” is regarded the climax of the creative works of the French composer George Bizet and one of the best examples of the genre of opera. Nowdays it is hard to believe that its premiere on the stage of Opera Comique in Paris on March, 2, 1875 failed, and a scandal around it was huge… Now we cannot imagine our world without bright, passionate, exciting melodies of Bizet, and the role of Carmen lead to glory so many female singers. In Helikon-Opera the production has immediately become a sensation – it exploded the music world by the courage of the version and the heat of the action. Dmitry Bertman defined the genre of his production as a “modern criminal drama for adults only”. But the most important reasons of the success of the production became not the criminal subject and extravaganza of the characters, but the emotional and expressive atmosphere, taking the audience into the abyss of passions. One should add the highest professionalism and mastery of details of the mise-EN-scenes to the fast actions on stage. Bizet’s “Carmen” in Helikon looks like the most beloved production of the muscovites and the guests of Moscow.
Helikon Opera 
19:00 La Cenerentola
Comic opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. 180 min (with one intermission). Music Director: Dmitry Volosnikov. Conductors: Dmitry Volosnikov, Yuri Medianik, Dmitry Korchak. Stage Director and Set Designer: Victor Gerasimenko. Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles. The idea of the new, original staging of Rossini’s La Cenerentola belongs to the Novaya Opera’s Art Director Victor Gerasimenko, who has not only designed the sets and costumes, but also directed the production. The special feature is three huge screens that display animated pictures: a fantastic garden, pavilions with clouds floating through their pillars, a carriage with a horse, picturesque landscapes, and various symbols and allegories. The singers seem to move from the real stage space into the screen. The computer design replicates the colourful set design. The bright costumes are a stylish compilation of elements belonging to different epochs. And this makes the story of a noble prince and a slovenly poor girl, Cinderella, timeless. The story becomes modern and topical. The plot of Rossini’s opera differs from Perrault’s fairy tale in that Cinderella has a stepfather instead of a stepmother. The magician Alidoro stands for the fairy godmother. The Prince disguised as a servant meets Cinderella before the ball, while Dandini, the Prince’s servant, impersonates the Prince to test the sincerity of Don Magnico’s daughters. At the ball Cinderella does not lose a shoe, but gives the Prince a bracelet, which should help find her. The operatic fairy tale is full of magic, disguises and comic situations.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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