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The Nano-Opera competition finished in the Moscow Theatre Helikon

In Moscow, the competitive part of the 4th Competition of Young Opera Directors Nano-Opera has come to an end. The Artistic Director of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Sergei Bobrov was among the members of its Jury.

The Artistic Director of the Helikon-Opera, People's Artist of Russia Dmitri Bertman is the founder of the Competition. He’s the Chairman of its Jury. During the competition, the competition participants present their concepts and work with the actors, creating a fragment of the performance from scratch in front of the audience. The competition’s programme includes only short opera pieces - that’s why the competition is called Nano-Opera. A contestant has only 10 minutes to direct an opera aria scene in front of the audience and the Jury, and 15 minutes for a crowd scene. More than a hundred applications were submitted to the competition, only 13 of them were selected by the competition committee for participation in it.

“Such events are crucial for the development of opera art in general - screening theatre directors is the important part of this competition, the most gifted and promising Russian theatre specialists come to light,” commented Sergei Bobrov.

The Jury of the Nano-Opera Competition traditionally includes managers of the best world theatres. Young directors have a real opportunity to get employed whilу taking part in the competition. Yelizaveta Korneyeva, the winner of the second prize of the 4th Nano-Opera Competition, received Sergei Bobrov’s invitation to work in the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The first prize was awarded to Laysan Safargulova, another second prize was given to Stefano Simone Pintora from Italy, Mikhail Sabelev won the third one). In 2017, Daniil Dmitriev likewise took the second place of the Nano-Opera and accepted a special prize - his own opera show in the Krasnoyarsk Opera House. Nowadays, he works as a director at our theatre.

The Jury of the Nano-Opera also includes Georgy Isahakyan, Artistic Director of the Natalya Sats Moscow Musical Theatre as well as the director of Alexander Tchaikovsky’s opera Yermak, which is going to premiere at the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre this June.