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.
The tour opened on July 25 with Don Quixote – known as the most ‘Muscovite’ of all the classical ballets. It was first produced by Marius Petipa at the Bolshoi in 1869 since when, it has occupied pride of place in the Bolshoi repertoire. Don Quixote is one of the most popular items in the Theatre’s touring programs.
NB! Cast is object to change.
Bolshoi Theatre Opera soloists Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano) and Bogdan Volkov (tenor) carried off two of the prizes at one of the world’s most prestigious singing competitions – the 2016 Operalia.
The Bolshoi’s 240th season winds up with the première of the dramatic legend La Damnation de Faust. This is the Company’s first ever staging of a work by Berlioz.
In addition to its relays in cinemas and on the internet, this summer the Bolshoi is to initiate open air transmissions of its productions. To this purpose, a special screen has been erected on the famous eight-columned façade of the Theatre’s historic Main Stage which will provide all those standing in the square with an unparalleled opportunity of communing with the arts. The only thing that can prevent members of the public from enjoying the show is the rain….
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