On March 14, the opera “Snow Maiden” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be performed in the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. This Spring Fairy Tale performance is a part of the IX International Festival “Stars Parade in the Opera”.
“Snow Maiden” is the most poetic opera of Rimsky-Korsakov. The composer considered it his best work. It displays pictures of a national life, ceremonies of ancient paganism and images from Russian fairy tales in a surprisingly sensitive and lyrical way. The music of the opera imbued with the non-fading freshness and wise simplicity of folk songs, is painted with soft lyrics and gentle spring tones of a blooming nature. “This exactly is a spring tale - with its beauty, the poetry of spring, the whole fragrance and warmth of it”, - Alexander Borodin wrote about the opera.
The Snow Maiden's part will be performed by the guest of the festival - soloist of the Moscow theatre “Novaya Opera” and invited soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre Irina Kostina. The soloists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera will also perform in the opera - Daria Ryabinko, Olga Basova, Ekaterina Kochetova, Andrei Silenko, Yevgeniy Baldanov, Ilya Krivchikov and others. The orchestra will be conducted by Ivan Velikanov, art director of the Ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque Wind Instruments Alta Capella, guest conductor of the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
One of the last events of the Stars Parade in the Opera will be the performance of the opera “The Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky. It’s considered to be the pinnacle of the composer's opera dramaturgy, because it outdoes other works of Tchaikovsky with its depth and strength of the main characters’ experience, the intensity of the passions and its irresistible power of the dramatic impact. The opera will be performed on March 16. The Bolshoi Theatre’s soloists, People's Artist Irina Dolzhenko (the Countess) and Svetlana Kasyan (Liza), the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Artem Melikhov (Herman) and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre’s soloist Pavel Yankovsky (Yeletsky) will take the stage that evening. Soloists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre also take part in the performance, among them are People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Efimov, Daria Ryabinko, Yevgeniy Baldanov, Dmitri Ryabtsev, Boris Sabirov and others. Maestro Dmitri Jurowski (the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre) is at the conductor's stand.