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Arts Calendar / June 27 / Opera
19:00 Mazeppa
Opera in three acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Libretto by Viktor Burenin based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem Poltava. Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev. Stage Director: Evg?ny Pisarev. Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin. Opera is based on Pushkin’s poem Poltava where personal drama is intertwined with critical events of Peter the Great period. The story reaches culmination on narrative about Poltava battle and it provides rich material. The fact is that Tchaikovsky is alien to a ‘grand style’ – thus it is needless to expect such a style of Peter I and Charles XII parts in Mazeppa. What attract composer primarily are characters feelings, emergence and the dynamics of the conflict. Moral aspect of Mazeppa was essential for Pushkin – ‘insidious evil’ he called him: betrayal of Peter I and revenge to Kochubei. Tchaikovsky follows Pushkin's interpretation and does not idealize Mazeppa; however, his hero is more complex and multi-sided. The ability to bend people to his will, backbone for reaching specific goal, authority and ruthlessness, intensity of the feelings – contradictory traits of hetman are revealed in the opera to the fullest. Lyrical aria ‘Oh, Mariya’, which became most popular, was created later (due to request of first Mazeppa performer – Bogomir Korsov). Aria organically completes the image.
Bolshoi Theater 
19:00 Rigoletto
Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. 185 (with two intermissions). Conductors: Evgeny Samoilov, Fabio Mastrangelo. Stage Director: Ralf Långbaka. Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles. The co-project of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow and the Savonlinna Opera Festival. "A singing hunchback? Why not? I find it quite exciting to make this character ugly and clumsy outside and passionate and full of love inside," wrote Verdi when composing one of his best operas. His masterly score is dynamic and theatrical and has powerful dramatic personalities. The wonderful arias and ensembles sung by the main characters (Rigoletto, the Duke, and Gilda) and amazing memorable melodies have become world opera hits. Rigoletto is a classic example of the Verdi theatre: passionate, tearful, tender and evil,with historical costumes and a romantic environment. The co-project of the Novaya Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Rigoletto has run on stage more than fifteen years, enjoying unvarying success. In different years this production featured Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Franz Grundheber as Rigoletto and was conducted by Evgeny Kolobov and Antonino Fogliani. The production was awarded the Casta Diva Russian Opera Prize as the "Event of the Year" in 2000.
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