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The Bolshoi’s artists to sing “Prince Igor”

On February 28, the Bolshoi theatre’s soloists Oksana Gorchakovskaya and Honoured Artist of Russia Mikhail Kazakov as well as the former soloist of our theatre, now the singer of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre Sergei Osovin will sing on our stage. They’ll play parts in the opera “Prince Igor” which the IX international festival “Stars Parade in the Opera” will be continued with. Maestro from Slovakia Peter Feranec is at the conductor’s stand.

Oksana Gorchakovskaya possesses beautiful soprano voice. She sang as well in the Metropolitan Opera in the USA. She has a great deal of beautiful arias on her repertoire. Among them there are Iolanta in the opera by Tchaikovsky, Barbarina in “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, Marfa in "The Tsar's Bride" by Rimsky-Korsakov, Kseniya in “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgsky, and many others. Now her repertoire will be broadened with another aria – for the first time she’s going to sing the role of Yaroslavna on the stage of the Krasnoyarsk Opera.

“This singer is a real discovery”, “His bass voice is superb”, - foreign mass media wrote about Mikhail Kazakov. The artist sings on the best opera stages in the world, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, La Scala, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Metropolitan Opera.

The opera “Prince Igor” is one of the most monumental sound canvases of the Russian and world’s opera art. It depicts the events described in the Russian anonymous ancient epic poem “The Tale of Igor's Campaign”. It is about love and zest for life, about duty and daredevilry. The opera comprises fabulous arias, epic scenes with the choir and amazingly beautiful ballet dances. It’s a glowing description of the important Russian historical events. The main characters of the opera impersonate the essence of the Russian soul, its dignity, courage and good faith.

Borodin had been working on the opera for about 18 years and hadn’t finished it. Alexander Glazunov reconstructed the overture from memory after hearing the composer play it at the piano and completed unfinished episodes of the opera. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov orchestrated, finished composing, and systematized all the rest that had been left unfinished and unorchestrated by Borodin. The world première was given in St. Petersburg in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre, it resulted in an enormous success among the audience.

The Krasnoyarsk production of “Prince Igor” is a grand-scale performance with impressive decorations. A large choir takes part in it. More than 400 costumes were sewn for the performance - ancient military outfit and expensive furs and hats for the characters belonging to the noble class.

Along with the guest artists the soloists of our theatre take stage - among them are Darya Ryabinko, Alexei Bocharov, Dmitry Ryabtsev, Nikolai Mishenev, Boris Sabirov, and others.