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19:00 Aleko
Opera production. 60 min. Director: Rostislav Protasov. Musical Director: Valery Kiryanov. Set and costume designer: Valery Kungurov (Berlin). Sometimes it can happen, that a diploma work of a young graduate of the Conservatory enters into the history of opera world along with masterpieces of recognized masters. But when the author of this work is Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the librettist is a great Nemirovich-Danchenko, who’s libretto is based on the text of our "sun of the poetry" – Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, there is nothing to be surprised of! Opera "Aleko" was written by Rachmaninoff when he was just 19 years old. The young author was obsessed with this work and his creation also impressed another Russian genius – Peter Tchaikovsky, so he desired to see "Aleko" along with his "Iolanta" in one program. In the letter to his brother, he wrote: "I really liked this lovely thing". It is on record that, Rachmaninoff was speechlessly amazed when he heard that, so he only could make some unreasonable gestures and Pyotr Ilyich cheered: "Thank you, coquettish young man, for you honor." In the beginning of the XX century the outstanding Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin was rehearsing with Rachmaninoff in an old residence of Princess Shakhovskaya, in the same place where now Helikon opera is situated. Here in "Helikon" the history is treated very carefully, so not by an accident in the year of the 145th anniversary of the great Russian composer the theater prepares a production of the opera "Aleko", in which greatest Fyodor Chaliapin shone!
Helikon Opera 
19:00 Die Zauberflöte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera in two acts, 195 min. Sung in German. Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder based on Christoph Martin Wieland’s fairy tale Lulu oder die Zauberflöte. Stage Director: Boris Pokrovsky. Music Director: Vladimir Agronsky. Designer: Viktor Volsky. Costume Designer: Rafael Volsky. Choreographer: Lilia Talankina. Premiered on September 24, 2004. "The Magic Flute" was the last opera Mozart composed: it was premiered on September 30, 1791 - roughly three months before he died. The opera became the most famous and performed in the world. Why do we love “The Magic Flute” so much? Probably because this opera is about the most valuable thing in life – about love? A romantic fairy tale, filled with a deep philosophical sense, has an irresistible magic for the opera stage directors, because, created by Mozart without regard to age restrictions - hardly he thought, 16+ or 6+ will be put on the poster - is clear and sweet for both the child and the adult.
Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Stage 
19:00 La Bohème
Opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. 165 min (with an intermission). Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Henry Murger’s novel Scenes de la Vie de Bohème. Music Director: Evan Rogister. Stage Director: Jean-Romain Vesperini. Sung in Italian. La bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories. When young poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimi, it’s love at first sight. But faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health, will the flame that burns between them flicker and die? Or will the timeless strength of their youthful passion withstand every trial and tribulation that life can throw at them?
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
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