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The Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre opens the 43rd season with the diptych Leningrad Symphony

According to the decree of the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region, theatres are allowed to open; Krasnoyarsk residents will soon be able to attend performances of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The theatre’s 43rd season opens on September 6 and 7 with the world premiere of the music diptych, the story of courage: The Leningrad Symphony to the music of Alexei Syumak and Dmitri Shostakovich.

This grand-scale production is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The first act will feature two parts of Alexei Syumak's Requiem. This work was released in 2010 - the year of the 65th anniversary of the Victory. The Requiem’s libretto is based on the Gospel of Luke, liturgical texts, poems by Anna Oreshnikova, Agnia Barto, Wystan Hugh Auden and excerpts from the tragedy Medea by Euripides. The Krasnoyarsk production includes fragments of Rex Tremendae and Dies Irae in which drama actress Natalia Goryacheva as well as musicians, choir and opera soloists are going to take part.

The second part of the performance will be a poignant one-act ballet in which the Seventh Symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich is used; Krasnoyarsk spectators could already see it in November 2019. The symphony was performed on August 9, 1942, in besieged Leningrad at the House of Radio and was named Leningradskaya. The performance of the symphony was broadcast on the radio and loudspeakers of the city. Not only the residents of the city could hear it but also the German troops besieging Leningrad. Much later, two tourists from the DDR who were members of the Wehrmacht during the war confessed: “On the day, August 9, 1942, we realized that we would lose the war. We perceived your strength that was capable of overcoming hunger, fear and even death ...”

These two parts will create an impressive multi-genre entirety on stage that will have a powerful emotional impact on the audience.

Ticket sales for the diptych Leningrad Symphony will open soon. We draw the attention of spectators to the fact that you can get to this event with a ticket you purchased earlier (before the self-isolation regime) for the performance, which was cancelled due to a complex epidemic situation. To do this, you need to write to e-mail oreshkovatg@krasopera.krsn.ru or WhatsApp +7-890-824-07-61.