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Arts Calendar / June 18 / 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 Servilia
Opera in five acts by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov based on the drama by Lev Mey, 195 min (with two intervals). Music Director: Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Stage Director: Olga Ivanova. Set Designer: Viktor Gerasimenko. Sung in Russian. The Roman forum. On the square is a celebration in honor of the goddess Minerva. The herald announces the order of Nero: in honor of the holiday a theater and a circus will be opened in the city. People thank Caesar. Hispho does not share the general fun and says that Christians have appeared again in the city. The crowd does not hear him and directs his gaze to the beautiful Servilia, who goes through the square. A sacred procession appears. Suddenly, the old man, who was watching the triumph in progress, begins to scream angrily that the Romans are sinners. The crowd wants to kill the old man, but Valery assists him...
Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Stage 
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