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The Bolshoi Theater is not only the main national stage of the country, but also the cherished dream of any artist. A kind of cultural Mecca, which strives for everyone who one way or another wants to be noticeable. For example, premieres from Siberia have already been brought to the Bolshoi Theater on tour: the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater named after Dmitry Hvorostovsky presented its productions to Muscovites and guests of the capital. About what other troupes in the new tour cycle have already been honored and are still planning to play performances at the Bolshoi, Izvestia learned.

From Donbass to the stage

Thanks to the pandemic, Russia has the opportunity to get to know itself. And because of the sanctions pressure, our viewers have a chance to see the richness, diversity and achievements of domestic famous bands that previously toured abroad more often. Russian theaters are now building tour schedules within the country and on the territories of friendly states.

As General Director of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin says, “We have completed the season, but our doors are open.” Recently, the artists of the Bolshoi Theater went on vacation, but after all, a holy place, as you know, is never empty. And now the main stage of the country receives guest performers.

“The fact that Russian theaters constantly perform on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater is a normal practice,” says Vladimir Urin. – There are a lot of musical theaters in Russia, and occasionally they get here. The Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater recently toured, colleagues from Kazan came.

In October, the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus will come to the Russian Bolshoi. The Historical Stage will present Vladimir Soltan’s opera King Stakh’s Wild Hunt and Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. In December, the Yakut Opera and Ballet Theater comes to Moscow, in May the Astana Opera. And already in September guests from Donetsk are expected here. As part of the “See the Music” festival, the Donbass Opera will present Verdi’s opera “The Amorous Adventures of Sir John Falstaff” and the ballet “Peer Gynt” to the music of Grieg on the famous stage. Despite the continuation of the NWO, no one canceled culture and art in the region.

“Due to the constant shelling, the artists are still on a creative break,” Vadim Pisarev, artistic director of the Donbass Opera, told Izvestia. – But, thanks to the Ministry of Culture of Russia, we have the opportunity to go on tour in Russia. And in this way the team preserves the creative grain. You see, we left, showed ourselves, saw the viewer – this keeps us in shape.

Lately Donbass Opera has toured several Russian cities, visiting Sochi, Stavropol, Krasnodar and Rostov. Now the artists are preparing for the road again – on September 17 they will have their first performance on the main stage of the country.

hello from Siberia

Large bands need appropriate venues for touring. And in the Bolshoi Theater there are stages for any creative ideas: the Historical with a hall for 2185 seats, the New for 879 seats, and also the Chamber Stage and the Beethoven Hall. The Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater named after Dmitri Hvorostovsky (KGTOiB) was the first to open a series of summer tours at the Bolshoi. His troupe had never performed at the Bolshoi before, although for many years it was closely associated with it. Leaders, soloists, conductors and directors used to work in the capital, but then Siberia beckoned them.

“Krasnoyarsk is not only the geographical center of our country, but in the field of culture and art, we are also far from the outskirts,” said Arkady Zinov, Minister of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. – By the standards of opera houses in our country, the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater is very young, it is only 44 years old. It is the brainchild of that most famous call of the Soviet era “Let’s turn Siberia into a land of high culture!” Its opening, like the emergence of other current institutions, has become a kind of cultural revolution in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

The tour of the Krasnoyarsk residents is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian singer Dmitry Hvorostovsky, which the theater will celebrate on October 16. On this day, a festival named after the People’s Artist of Russia will be held in KGTOiB.

According to the director general of the Bolshoi, Vladimir Urin, the theater has long been in talks about the tour of Siberians in Moscow. The visit was supposed to take place two years ago, but the pandemic made adjustments to the plans. The performances became possible thanks to the large-scale federal project “Big Tours” (ROSCONCERT).

“Our colleagues brought an unusual repertoire – performances little known to the Moscow audience,” says Urin. – Two of them – the opera “Lakme” and the ballet “Katarina, or the Robber’s Daughter” – did not go on the capital’s stages at all. The theater wanted to bring many more titles. I had to shrink.

Three of the best premiere performances from the repertoire of the KGTOiB were shown at the Bolshoi. “Big theatrical blockbusters,” as Arkady Zinov calls them. This means not only the scale of productions and their financing, but also the interest of the audience and, as a result, commercial success. In the capital of Siberians, success was also expected – a full house on the very first evening. Even “their own” could not get tickets for Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni, or the Punished Libertine”. They disappeared at the box office a week before the start of the tour. And, by the way, tickets for the KGTOiB cost the same as for the performances of the Bolshoi Theater. Pugni’s ballet Katarina, or the Robber’s Daughter, lasting four hours, literally shocked the prejudiced and strictly Moscow theatre-goer. Luxurious soloists and a very professional corps de ballet, and Elena Svinko, the performer of the main part, received second prize at the XIV Moscow International Ballet Competition a month ago on the same Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater.

20 years once served at the Bolshoi Theater and artistic director of the KGTOiB, director of the ballet “Katarina, or the Robber’s Daughter” Sergei Bobrov.

— I stepped on the stage of the greatest theater in the world back in the days of the USSR, and I always felt incredible pride and delight from involvement in something historical. I remember those huge armfuls of flowers with which Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya was showered. And now, being next to the stage of the Bolshoi Theater, I am glad that I will see from the hall what I created in Krasnoyarsk.

On August 1, at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater, Siberians will complete their tour with Leo Delibes’ opera Lakme.

“This work has not been performed anywhere for 140 years, but it exists in Krasnoyarsk,” says Svetlana Guziy, director of the KGTOiB.

For ballet director Sergei Novikov, a diploma winner at the II Nano-Opera International Competition for Young Opera Directors, this is not the first experience on the classical stage. Previously, he staged the concert experiment “SlovZov-GALA” and “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi at the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Petersburg guest

On July 31, the tour at the Bolshoi Theater began St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater named after Leonid Yakobson. The team led by Honored Artist of Russia Andrian Fadeev, as well as their colleagues from Krasnoyarsk, will perform on the Historical stage for the first time. The artists will present three performances of the classical repertoire: Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake, and will also show the metropolitan public their recent premiere – the play “Out of Time. Masterpieces of Leonid Yakobson”, consisting of restored miniatures of the legendary choreographer.

— An invitation to dance on the main stage of the country is not only a great responsibility, but a sign of unconditional recognition and merit of the entire theater team, — says Andrian Fadeev. — These tours will be an important impetus for the further development of our artists. We will make every effort not to deceive the expectations of the demanding metropolitan public.

As Fadeev says, the ballet has always collaborated with foreign colleagues – there was a creative exchange, they came to us, went to them. But now the so-called “cancellation culture” prevails in the world. Due to sanctions, the band’s tour of Europe and Japan was canceled – now Russian artists abroad are like a red rag to a bull. At the same time, there are countries that are waiting for us: Yakobson’s ballet is negotiating tours in India and Bahrain, and a trip to Thailand has not been cancelled.

– We have an ambitious plan – a tour of 30 cities in Russia, in many of which the Jacobson Theater has not yet been, – Alla Fomina, deputy general director of the Kassir.ru service, shared with Izvestia. “Thus, we will expand the theater’s touring activities and present our performances.

In general, those who have not yet been to the ballet have a real opportunity to become involved in high art: both sanctions and attempts to ban Russian culture served the Russian audience in good stead.

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