The Bolshoi Theatre presents the performances of the International Opera Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, which is considered to be one of the leading European opera forums. For several evenings, the most significant productions of the recent years will be shown at the Bolshoi - an opera by English composer George Benjamin Written on skin (2012) and Trauernacht, a stage performance of J.S. Bach cantatas (2014). Both performances are staged by the leading British director at work today Katie Mitchell.
In March, the Bolshoi Theatre performs two iconic ballets at once - Etudes by Harald Lander (1948) and The Cage by Jerome Robbins (1951). Despite such a small “age gap” these ballets are almost the exact antipodes.
Opera Company, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi go on tour in France and Switzerland. The program of concerts is almost entirely made up of works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The leading Russian theatre will perform the music of the major Russian composer at the best concert halls of Zurich, Geneva, Toulouse and Paris.
This will be the second time in its entire history that the Bolshoi is turning to a Britten opera and its first ever production of Benjamin Britten’s BILLY BUDD. In days gone by, Billy Budd used to be a rare visitor to world stages but, in recent times, it is being produced increasingly often. The Bolshoi is presenting a co-production together with Deutsche Oper (Berlin) and The English National Opera – a company with which it cooperated with spectacular success last season. But whereas its first experience of doing a joint production with the ENO was in the field of 18th century baroque opera (Handel’s Rodelinda) for which it garnered six Golden Mask nominations and eight Golden Mask nominees, this time round it has chosen a 20th century English music classic.
For nearly four years the sounds of the new pipe organ have been bringing joy to its audience in concerts and performances on the historic stage of the Bolshoi. The coming Evening of organ music promises to be both engaging and versatile: the stage will unify the organists of different lands – Russia, France, the Vatican.
The International Forum Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996).
The Return. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer will be held on 16 – 19 of February at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Russian State Institute of Art. The program of the forum includes three opera premiers, three concerts of chamber music, a roundtable on different aspects of life and work of an outstanding composer, a scientific conference with musicologists from eight countries and six meetings with people who introduce viewers to the Mieczyslaw Weinberg 's heritage.
The opera by Mieczysław Weinberg first appeared on the Bolshoi theatre’s repertoire. The Bolshoi starts to acquaint the public with the heritage of this remarkable composer with his last (but not the least!) opera (it was originally composed in1986) - “The Idiot” based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Italy's leading dance magazine DANZA & DANZA has voted the Bolshoi Ballet principal Denis Rodkin the best dancer of the year (2016). In 2016 besides his triumphs at the Bolshoi and during the Bolshoi Ballet summer season at Covent Garden he successfully performed in Italy, in particular, as Jose in Carmen Suite (Politeama, Naples, Svetlana Zakharova as Carmen) and Paolo in Y. Posokhov’s ballet Francesca da Rimini in the framework of Svetlana Zakharova’s project Amore (the cities such as, among others, Modena, Parma, Ravenna and Genova).
Margarita Shrainer has been included in Dance Magazine’s (see January issue) 25-to-WatchList for 2016 — a top list of recommended young dancers to keep an eye on in the new year.
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards. The Bolshoi Ballet has been nominated five times!
Our nominations are as follows:
BEST FEMALE DANCER
BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Jean-Christophe MAILLOT for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE/ CLASSICAL
Ekaterina KRYSANOVA for the part of Katharina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE/ CLASSICAL
Vladislav LANTRATOV for the part of Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday, 6th February 2017.
On the great singer’s birthday, The Galina Vishnevskaya Centre for Opera Singing, opened an exhibition in her honor at the Bolshoi Theatre: on the 25th of October Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya would have celebrated her 90th birthday.
The Bolshoi Theatre is mounting a production of Manon Lescaut, the opera which was Giacomo Puccini’s first triumph in theatre. It is a work which has always enjoyed a happy performance history but this will be its first ever performance at the Bolshoi, just as opera diva, Anna Netrebko, who is singing the title role, will be making her first ever appearance in a Bolshoi production.
Yulia Stepanova is promoted from Leading Soloist to Principal Dancer.
Before the Bolshoi opens its own 241st season, the Teatro alla Scala Opera Company will be making a guest appearance on its historic stage. One might describe this as “yet another” Moscow tour by this illustrious Italian Company were it not for the fact that each La Scala visit is a major, unforgettable event in our cultural life.
On Sunday September 4 from 9 am to 9 pm on-site ticket purchase will not be available.
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