The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre held a traditional event before the new season begins - the meeting of the opera and ballet companies and orchestra musicians. The Theatre Managing Director Svetlana Guziy summed up the results of the previous 44th season and told the team about plans for the new one.
The Minister of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Region Arkady Zinov visited the meeting; he congratulated all the theatre staff on the central event of the past season - a tour performances at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in Moscow, where Krasnoyarsk artists successfully presented three best premieres of the 44th season. They are the operas Don Giovanni by Mozart and Lakmé by Leo Delibes, the ballet Catarina ou la Fille du Bandit by Cesare Pugni. The Minister called the tour triumphant.
“The level of the theatre is not determined by premieres, into which you can hurl all effort. The level of the theatre is determined by its regular productions. I’d like regular productions of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre to match those we showed at the Bolshoi Theatre,” Arkady Zinov said.
“The upcoming season will mark the 100th anniversary of the first opera company in Krasnoyarsk,” Svetlana Guziy informed. In 1923, the legendary tenor Pyotr Slovtsov gathered a singing team that was the predecessor of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The season opening Gala Concert will be dedicated to this event; it’ll take place on September 23. The guest star of the Gala Night will be baritone Sergei Leiferkus.
In November 2022, the audience will see the premiere of Daniil Frenkel's opera Without a Dowry based on the eponymous play by Alexander Ostrovsky. The opera is directed by Daniil Dmitriev. The opera is being staged thanks to a grant from the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation. Two more premieres of the season are Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera The Oprichnik (scheduled for January 2023) and Jacques Offenbach's operetta Barbe-bleue: they both will be staged by Sergei Novikov. Svetlana Guziy also announced the festival Stars Parade at the Opera and the ballet forum Siberian Grand Prix, which had not been held for several years due to the pandemic.
The most exciting and emotional moment of the meeting was the awarding of the theatre staff for creative and professional merits; among the awardees were representatives of all departments. More than fifty certificates of honour and gratitude from the governor, cultural departments of the Region and the city, the theatre management were given at the meeting.
At the end, the team got acquainted with new members of the ballet and opera companies, choir and orchestra. The new 45th theatrical season has been launched.