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The 180th anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Today the world of culture celebrates the 180th anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - the genius who presented real music gems to humanity. The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre performs more works of Tchaikovsky than of any other composer. The theatre’s repertoire includes eight works to Pyotr Ilyich’s music.

Tchaikovsky created ten operas. Not all of them are widely known, but three of them - Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and Iolanta - are the real pearls of the musical theatre art, frequently staged not only in Russia but also abroad. For instance, Dmitri Hvorostovsky shone as Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and on other stages in the world. These performances are in the repertoire of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The operas Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades were included in the cultural programme of the Universiade 2019 - a landmark international event for Krasnoyarsk - as one of the most striking and popular performances of the Hvorostovsky Opera House. It was planned to present Eugene Onegin within the theatre’s tour in Estonia at the Birgitta 2020 festival. The stage version of the opera was presented to the Krasnoyarsk audience by artists of the Kazakhstani Astana Opera Theatre at the Dmitri Hvorostovsky International Festival which was first held in Krasnoyarsk in 2019.

Officially, the creative heritage of Pyotr Tchaikovsky only includes three ballets - Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. This is an unfading classic of musical theatre; they’re staged nearly in all theatres of the world. They are one of the most beloved works of Krasnoyarsk spectators: they are performed to a full house, and tickets for the traditional New Year's shows of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty are sold out a few months before the days of performances.

However, there are two more ballets created to the music of Tchaikovsky in the repertoire of the Krasnoyarsk theatre. The Snow Maiden is a real fairy tale, both in content and the ballet beauty; the music the composer wrote for the play Spring Fairytale by Alexander Ostrovsky was used for this ballet. Besides, there are excerpts from The Seasons, the Melancholic Serenade, as well as the first and fourth symphonies. The one-act ballet Romeo and Julia is staged by the Italian choreographer Francesca Frassinelli along with Artistic Director of the theatre Sergei Bobrov. It’s based on the Tchaikovsky’s symphonic work - fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet. Thus, the Russian classic composer provides contemporary artists with inspiration for their creative research.