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The concert of early music will be dedicated to the mythological singer Orpheus

On March 3 - the eve of International Women's Day - The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will host a concert of early music Baroque. Opera. Love conducted by Ivan Velikanov.

It’ll be a kind of sequel to the concert Old Europe Christmas held in December 2020. The programme of the concert includes works by European composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. The mythological singer Orpheus will be a connecting character because the love story of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice, whom he was not frightened to follow down to the underworld after her death, runs like a golden thread through many musical works over several centuries.

Music and vocal excerpts from the opera Orpheus created by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi in 1607, at the dawn of the genre, will open the concert. This is one of the first operas known to the world. Also, several pieces from the opera The Fairy-Queen by Henry Purcell comprise the programme of the concert. Contemporaries called the composer British Orpheus for the enchanting beauty of his melodies.

The orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will perform “Spring” from The Four Seasons cycle by Antonio Vivaldi; the soloist is a guest from Moscow, violinist Dmitri Kosolapov. In addition to this one of the most famous instrumental works of Vivaldi, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to his vocal work: the aria from the opera Giustino presented by the soloist of the Tchaikovsky Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Natalia Kirillova. Another guest from Moscow, lute player Marina Belova will perform toccata for theorbo written by Giovanni Kapsberger (theorbo is a bass lute).

The programme includes seven fragments from operas by Georg Friedrich Handel, among them is Lascia Ch’io Pianga - Almirena's aria from the opera Rinaldo known to many music fans from the film Farinelli. And, of course, it won’t do without "themed" arias - the ones of Orpheus and Eurydice from the eponymous opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck.

The soloists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera House Olga Monastyrshina, Daria Ryabinko, Alexandra Cherpakova, Valentin Kolesnikov, Alexander Mikhaliov, Alexei Sokolov will take part in the concert Baroque. Opera. Love.