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The first Prince Igor in Krasnoyarsk: how it was

On December 16, the opera by Alexander Borodin Prince Igor will be performed; and it’s worth coming to the theatre earlier - by 18:30. The spectators are in for a pleasant surprise: the stars of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre who stood at the origins of the opera and ballet arts of Krasnoyarsk, will share their memories of the first Prince Igor at the theatre and the beginning of its work.

Fans of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre know that this opera by Alexander Borodin was the first one performed on December 20, 1978. Since then, this day has been considered the theatre's birthday, and the Prince Igor show is its hallmark and is traditionally on the poster in December. So it will be in 2021.

But this time before the performance, artists who have served the theatre from its first years and continue to work here to this day will come to the impromptu dressing room. They are Vera Izotova (she performed the part of Yaroslavna's nanny in that legendary performance), Honoured Artist of Russia Natalia Sokolova, People's Artist of Russia Larisa Marzoeva, Honoured Artist of Russia German Efremov, Viacheslav Nechipurenko.

Experienced artists will talk about unusual, funny, and even dangerous situations that arose during performances and rehearsals, about the creative atmosphere and work with the young Dmitri Hvorostovsky, about the children who grew up behind the scenes, the development of professionalism, and the sharing of the experience with the young performers. By the way, the spectators will have the chance to ask their favourite artists about anything they want to know. The production director and host of the event will be Anastasia Kasatkina.

Let us remind you that the two December shows of the opera Prince Igor will also be remembered for the unusual number of debuts. On December 16, Ivan Velikanov is going to conduct this opera for the first time; on December 17, the cast will include new vocalists: Pavel Antsiferov (as Prince Igor), Davit Yesayan (as Vladimir), Victoria Kangina (as Konchakovna), Karina Radzion (as Polovtsian girl).