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Arts Calendar / June 19 / 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 
19:00 The Waltz King
Gala concert in two parts. 125 min (with one intermission). The most prominent representative of the Strauss family, Johann Strauss Jr. is known as the Waltz King. He wrote over 160 waltzes and for many years he was Music Director of the Royal Court Balls. However, he could just as well be called the King of Polkas, Marches and Quadrilles, which are no less popular than his waltzes. True Art does not lose its value over time, and the music by Johann Strauss Jr. is still as magnetic and captivating as it was before. You can get added evidence of that at the Johann Strauss, the Waltz King gala concert. The programme comprises his famous waltzes: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Voices of Spring, Emperor Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Wood. Great Waltz, the Hollywood lm about Strauss’ life, relates that the Tales from the Vienna Wood waltz was inspired by carriage creaking, clattering horse hoofs and birds chirping during one of the composer’s trips through the forest. The forest theme will be carried on in the Huntsman polka, while Unter Donner und Blitz, Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka and Pizzicato-Polka will produce striking sound effects. This music cocktail will be topped with excerpts from the composer’s two most popular operettas: sparkling and vivacious Die Fledermaus and colourful Der Zigeunerbaron that rings with Hungarian and Gypsy overtones.
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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