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08.02.2018

The opera and ballet theatre invites you to the opening performance of “Raphael” opera

We kindly invite you to the premiere of the happening and the Anton Arensky’s one-act opera “Raphael” directed by Daniil Dmitriyev, which takes place February 9 and 10. The author of the performance idea is Lyubov Kazarnovskaya (Russia).

The role of Raphael is sung by the Vienna Volksoper soloist Sophia Almazova (Austria), her partners on the stage are the Krasnoyarsk Opera artists Ekaterina Kochetova, Daria Frolova, Kira Tikhonova, Alexander Mikhalev, Evgeny Sevastianov and Alexander Murashov. The roles of the Artist and his wife are played by Tauno Kangro (Estonia) and Lyubov Kazarnovskaya. Maestro Andrei Shevchuk (Lyon music theatre, France) is at the conductor's stand.

The first part of the performance will be done in the style of “happening” (the events literally are happening right here, on the spot). This is a fusion of art genres and styles when stage acting, an improvisation and a work of a sculpture artist intertwine together. In the real-time mode the spectators will watch the artist Tauno Kangro working right on the stage and see the step-by-step process of creating an object of art - a picture or a sculpture.

“I’ve had a dream to perform the “Raphael” opera for a long time. It was written on the great occasion - the opening of the Tretyakov Gallery.  The only well-known hit of this opera is the song of a singer off-stage. The music of Arensky is incredibly interesting, it’s a kind of fusion of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Wagner music - such a bloom of Romanticism”, - says Lyubov Kazarnovskaya. - “We have an authentic clavier and a music partition provided by the Radio Orpheus. And I found it an interesting idea to perform this opera at the “Stars Parade” festival, because we all are artists, Raphaels, deep inside. In a greater or lesser degree, we all are creators! Our performers and I are interested in showing the creation process - the way an image, a creative idea is born”.

The performance is a part of the IX international festival “Stars Parade in the Opera” and a joint project of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and the Lyubov Kazarnovskaya’s foundation “Forgotten names”.

The administration of the Krasnoyarsk opera and ballet theatre and the Lyubov Kazarnovskaya’s foundation wish to express gratitude to the Radio Orpheus for providing sheet music.