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The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre announced new appointments of staff

At the Theatre’s staff meeting, the new artistic directors were officially introduced to the team of the Theatre.

Irina Lychagina took up two positions as Principal Director and as Artistic Director of the opera company of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The Theatre’s team knows her from her collaboration with the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival: Irina Vladimirovna was assistant director of the production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (the main opera event of the Festival) and director of concerts of the Theatre’s soloists and guest stars.

Irina Lychagina had been director of the opera company of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre for more than twenty years. She is the plastique director and choreographer of such iconic performances for the Theatre as Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (the production won the Golden Mask award), Betrothal in a Monastery by Sergei Prokofiev, Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, May Night by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; she conceived the plastique elements for the world premiere of Vladimir Kobekin's opera Hamlet / Danish / / Russian / Comedy (nominated in five categories for the Golden Mask).

Anna Zharova assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Theatre’s ballet company. People's Artist of Russia Anna Alexandrovna is a prima-ballerina of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre; she has danced there for 25 years and now continues to actively combine teaching and stage activities. She toured in Spain, Portugal, Japan, Egypt, Thailand, China, Italy, France, South Korea, Kazakhstan, took part in international projects in South Korea and Finland. Nowadays, the ballerina's repertoire includes more than a dozen leading roles; she won various competitions, has the Golden Mask award, the Soul of Dance award, several Paradis awards; what’s most important, she has found the love of the audience and the respect of her students not only in Novosibirsk, but also in other cities of Russia and the world.

In 2013, she opened Anna Zharova's Ballet School The Firebird. In 2014, she graduated from the Siberian Institute of Management (a branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation) majoring in Human Resource Management.

While delivering welcoming remarks to the team, Anna Zharova said that she intends to set a goal in her new position not only to expand the repertoire but also to reach the high level, skills, purity of the ballet company dancers’ performing.

In 2023, Maria Vysotskaya was appointed to the position of Principal Designer of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The works of the theatre designer are already well known to both the opera company and the audience: Maria was a set designer, costume designer, and make-up artist in productions that have become iconic for the Theatre: the operas Lakme by Leo Delibes (2022), Without a Dowry by Daniil Frenkel (2022), the opera bouffe Barbe-Bleue by Jacques Offenbach (2023). She is currently working on the forthcoming May premiere of He, She, and the Telephone (based on the one-act operas La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc and The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti).

Maria designed more than 20 productions on the stages of Russian and European venues. She is the laureate of the Scene 2019 award in the Best Set Designer and Best Costume Designer categories (Chelyabinsk), winner of the Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts for sketches and set design of the productions Anna Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Iolanta (2021) and its Gold Medal in 2017.

While introducing the new leaders to the Theatre’s team, Managing Director Svetlana Guziy expressed her hope for mutual understanding and long-term fruitful, effective work.