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Several invited soloists to take part in the opera Oprichnik

The premiere performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Oprichnik will take place on the stage of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre on January 21 and 22, 2023. Guest opera stars - soloists of leading Russian theatre companies - are invited to sing parts in the opera.

Soprano Olga Cheremnykh will perform the leading female part of Oprichnik: daughter of Prince Zhemchuzhny who is a beloved of the guardsman Andrei Morozov. Olga is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She began her career in 2014 at the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre; in 2017, she returned to St. Petersburg. Now, she is a soloist of the Zazerkalye Theatre. 

Mezzo-soprano singer Yulia Nikanorova will take the stage as Noblewoman Morozova. Yulia graduated from the Faculty of Musical Theatre at the GITIS (The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts). Being a student, she began to perform at the Moscow Music Theatre Helikon Opera. After she had completed an internship in Italy at the international music festival DELLA VALLE D'ITRIA in Bari, she continued to work in this theatre under the guidance of People's Artist of Russia Dmitri Bertman.

Tenor singer Ivan Gyngazov graduated from the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. Since 2013, he has been soloist of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre; in 2017, he made his debut on the stage of the Helikon Opera Theatre in Verdi's Il Trovatore performing the part of Manrico.  Now, the artist's repertoire includes more than 15 roles in this theatre’s productions. In the Krasnoyarsk production of Oprichnik, Ivan will perform the leading male part: Andrei Morozov.

The part of the young guardsman Basmanov (Tchaikovsky wrote it for mezzo-soprano or contralto voices) will be performed by Vadim Volkov who possesses a high male countertenor voice. Vadim performs on various theatrical stages in Russia and abroad. From 2016 to 2018, he was an artist of the Youth Opera Programme of the Bolshoi Theatre; he trained at the La Scala Theatre Academy in Milan. Besides roles in operas and operettas, his repertoire also includes songs, art romance pieces, and concert arias. Experts define his voice as a mezzo-soprano countertenor.

Winner of the Grand Prix of the 1st International Opera Singers Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya, bass singer Alexei Tikhomirov has been a soloist of the Helikon Opera Theatre since 2006: he performs there all the leading bass parts in operas by European and Russian composers while actively performing as a guest artist in Russian and foreign opera venues. In 2018, he was a guest of the festival Stars Parade at the Opera in Krasnoyarsk. In 2023, he will embody Prince Vyazminsky in Tchaikovsky's Oprichnik opera on the stage of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera House.