The opera soloist of our theatre Eugeny Sevastianov will sing in Germany. On November 19, he will take part in performing Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvořák in St. Gebhard Church in Konstanz. His partners on stage will be artists from different European theatres. The cantata will be accompanied by the South Western Philharmonic Orchestra.
“This place is chosen for a reason, because the performance of spiritual music requires a special atmosphere. I’m invited to Konstanz for the third time. And the concert itself was planned two years ago. Performances in Europe cause me sheer excitement. People with sheets of notes often are sitting in the hall and watching whether the singers and musicians perform everything, what is written by the composer”, - tells Eugeny Sevastianov. - “The music of Stabat Mater by Dvořák is extremely beautiful and very complex at the same time. Bass voice performing requires a working range of more than two octaves here. And intonationally, this music is not easy. I do hope this work will be performed in Russia someday. It’s worth it”.
Antonín Dvořák is the creator of famous operas, the author of the most popular symphonic and chamber works: symphonies, symphonic poems and overtures, song cycles. The composer was deeply religious, and the spiritual cantata of Stabat Mater is one of the pinnacles among his art works.
Tragic events in the life of Dvořák - the loss of his children - prompted him to write Stabat Mater. He embodied all his pain and sorrow in this musical work. In a church, kneeling before the altar, the mourning father made a prayer, and then, after he had collected the sheets of paper with the texts of prayers laid out on the benches, he put down the first bars of Stabat Mater on them. The cantata is written for the orchestra, mixed choir and four soloists - soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass voices.
The creation of the work was caused by deeply tragic circumstances, but the performance of Stabat Mater brought the maestro an overwhelming success and marked the beginning of a broad recognition of Dvořák as a composer and conductor.