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Candide (Operetta in two acts. Theatrical concert performance)

Candide (Operetta in two acts. Theatrical concert performance)

Leonard Bernstein
Operetta in two acts
Theatrical concert performance
Sang in English with Russian dialogs (translation by Ekaterina Baburina).
The score has been made available by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.
In commemoration of the composer centennary

Book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur,
with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker
and Leonard Bernstein.

Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay.
Musical continuity and additional orchestrations by John Mauceri,

with a narration for concert version by Leonard Bernstein and John Wells, adapted from the satire by Voltaire and the book by Hugh Wheeler; edited and supplemented by Erik Haagensen.

Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Alexei Frandetti
Set Designer: Timofei Ryabushinsky
Costume Designer: Victoria Sevryukova
Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

Carmen (Opera by Georges Bizet)

Carmen (Opera by Georges Bizet)

Opera by Georges Bizet in four acts
Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Alexei Borodin
Designer: Stanislav Benediktov
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Premiered on 15 July 2015

Synopsis

Act I
A bustling square in the city of Seville. Dragoon guards are watching over the crowd. Micaela comes in search of Don Jose whose mother is sending him a letter through her. As Jose is not to be found, Micaela leaves. Jose arrives with his company to relieve the guards. Female workers of the tobacco make their way from work through the square. Carmen the gypsy is among them. All the men are fascinated by her, but she refuses to love them back: she is drawn to the indifferent one, Don Jose. As she leaves, she throws at him a cassia flower. Micaela returns. She and Jose reminisce about their native land. When Micaela goes away, Jose reads his mother"s letter. He is decided to do as she says and marry Micaela.
Suddenly the peace is disturbed: Carmen has started a quarrel with her fellow worker. Two fighting women are set apart, and Jose is to escort Carmen to jail. Carmen promises him her love if he helps her escape. Jose surrenders to her charm.

Act II
Gypsy girls entertain the soldiers at Lillas Pastia"s. escamillo the toreador praises his dangerous trade, and is in his turn praised by the enrapt crowd. escamillo is captivated by Carmen, but she is not interested in him.
The smugglers Danca?re and Remendado arrive. They tempt Carmen and her friends, Frasquita and Mercedes, to assist them in a fat job. Carmen refuses: she is in love and awaits the soldier who was confined because of her. It is Jose, and he does not hesistate to keep their appointment once he is free. Carmen is happy to see him and eager to dance for him alone. A bugle call summons Jose back to the barracks. He intends to go, and Carmen annoyed with his obedience to command.
Suddenly Zuniga, Jose"s senior, arrives at the inn. He goes after Carmen, but the smugglers interfere. Zuniga is overpowered, and Jose has to join the smugglers.

Act III
Smugglers" camp. Jose is jealous of his lover and ashamed of being a deserter.
Carmen reads the cards and is foretold death.
The smugglers, including Frasquita and Mercedes, are in for a job, and Carmen decides to join them to help cajole the customs officers.
escamillo comes to the camp. He wants to see Carmen and declares his love for her. Jose is ready to kill his rival, but Carmen stops their combat. As he leaves, escamillo invites everyone to a bullfight.
Micaela arrives. She was looking for Jose to inform him of his mother"s mortal ilness. Jose has to go with her and leave Carmen.

Act IV
A square in front of an arena where a bullfight is about to start. Carmen and escamillo arrive together, they are happily in love. Frasquita and Mercedes warn Carmen to beware of Jose, but Carmen is intrepid.
She stays behind the crowd and meets Jose face to face. Jose implores Carmen to go with him and love him again, but she is adamant: her heart belongs to another.
Desperate and enraged, Jose kills Carmen.

Don Quixote (Ballet by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky. Ludwig Minkus)

Don Quixote (Ballet by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky. Ludwig Minkus)

Ludwig Minkus
Libretto by Marius Petipa after the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky
New choreographic version: Alexei Fadeyechev
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Designer: Valery Leventhal
Costume Designer: Elena Zaitseva
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Executive Designer: Olga Medvedeva
Use is made in the production of choreography by Rostislav Zakharov (Dance with Guitars and Jig to music by V. Soloviev-Sedoy); by Kasiyan Goleizovsky (Gipsy Dance to music by V. Zhelobinsky); by Anatoly Simachev (Fandango to music by E. Napravnik).
Will be premiered February 2, 2016.

SYNOPSIS

Prologue
Don Quixote, having read his fill of romances about knights and chivalry, decides to set off on his travels in order to achieve great feats, which willbring glory to his name. As his sword-bearer, he chooses the loyal Sancho Panza, a man of sober outlook who is not prone to dreams.

Act I
In Barcelona there is festive anima?tion in the air. Kitri, daughter of the innkeeper, is flirting with Basilio, the barber, who is in love with her.Finding them together Lorenzo, Kitri s father, chases Basilio away: the barber is no fit match for his daughter. Lorenzo intends Kitri to marry Gamache, a rich noble?man. Kitri refuses outright tosubmit to her father s will.

At the height of the merry-making, Don Quixote appears in the square, accompanied by his sword bearer, Sancho Panza. Catching sight of the innkeeper, Don Quixote mistakes him for the owner of aknight s castle and greets him with respect. Lorenzo responds in like terms and invites Don Quixote into the inn. Sancho Panza is left in the square. But when some young people start to mock Sancho,Don Quixote immediately hurries to his sword-bearer s rescue.

Seeing Kitri, Don Quixote thinks she is the beautiful Dulcinea whom he has seen in his dreams and chosen as the lady of his heart . But Kitri disappears. She has run off with Basilio. Lorenzo,Gamache and Don Quixote set out to look for her.

Act II
Scene 1

Kitri and Basilio are hiding in a tavern. Here they are found by Lorenzo, Gamache and Don Quixote. Lorenzowishes to make an immediate announce?ment of the betrothal of Kitri and Gamache. But Basilio, by agreement with Kitri, pretends to take his life. Kitri sobs over the body of her sweetheart. DonQuixote overcоme by noble indignation accuses Lorenzo of hardheartedness and, threatening him with his sword forces him to agree to his daughter s marriage with the barber Basilio jumps to his feet.There is no point in him pretending to be dead am longer.

Scene 2
In the glade by the windmills is a sprawling gipsy encampment. Here too is a puppet theatre. Don Quixote and Sancho soon appear on the scene. The ownerof the puppet theatre invites Don Quixote to watch a show. Don Quixote follows the performance with rapt attention and, forgetting it is theatre, rushes on to the stage, sword in hand, to defendthose who need his protection. He breaks down the stage, sends the puppets flying and, catching sight of the windmills, mistakes them for evil magicians whom he has to get the better of. Grabbing amill sail, he is first lifted into the air and then falls to the ground.

Scene 3
The wounded Don Quixote and Sancho Panza find themselves in a forest. To Don Quixote, the forest seems to be full of monsters and giants. Sancho Panzasettles Don Quixote down to sleep, while he runs off for help. In his dreams, Don Quixote sees Dulcinea, the lady of his heart , surrounded by Dryads and fairies Sancho Panza comes back with theDuke and Duchess who have been hunting in the forest. He begs them to help the dreaming Don Quixote. The Duke and Duchess invite the wandering knight to visit them m their castle.

Act III
The Duke s castle. All is ready for the reception of Don Quixote.
Having heard from Sancho Panza the happy story of Kitri and Basilio s love, the Duke and Duchess have kindly agreed to allow them to hold their wedding in the castle. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza areinvited to occupy the seats of honor. A solemn procession files past. Catching sight of Kitri, Don Quixote again mis?takes her for the lady of his reveries . But the Duke and Sancho Panza manage topersuade him that she is the very same innkeeper s daughter whom he helped to unite with Basilio, her sweetheart.
The festivities continue. All thank the va?liant knight and his faithful sword-bearer.

Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera by Gioacchino Rossini)

Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera by Gioacchino Rossini)

Gioacchino Rossini
Opera intwo acts
Presented with one interval.
Libretto by Luigi Balocchi based on the novel "Corinne, ou L Italie" by Germaine de Sta?l
Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set Designer: Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer: Carla Teti
Lighting Designer: Alessandro Carletti
Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov
Premiere of the production took place at the Dutch National Opera on January 20, 2015.
The staging is a co-production with Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen and Opera Australia, Sidney.
Will be premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre on December 12, 2018.

Lady of the Camellias (Ballet by John Neumeier)

Lady of the Camellias (Ballet by John Neumeier)

Ballet by John Neumeier in three acts with a prologue.
After the novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas.
Choreography, Staging & Light: John Neumeier.
Sets and Costumes: Jurgen Rose.
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin.
Premiered on March 20, 2014.

SYNOPSIS

The ballet takes place during an auction. The story evolves as a series of memories recalled from various points of view - Armand"s, his Father"s, and Marguerite"s.
(All actions during the auction are indicated in light.)

Prologue
Marguerite Gautier, once the most desirable courtesan in Paris, has died. The complete furnishings of her luxurious apartment are to be disposed of by auction. Carrying Marguerite"s diary, Nanina, her loyal servant, bids the place farewell. Among those inspecting the items is Monsieur Duval, whose son Armand rushes in frantically. Overcome by memories, he collapses.
excerpt from Largo, Irom the Sonala in В minor, Op. 58

Act I
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
As Monsieur Duval comforts him, Armand tells his story.
It begins in the Theatre-des-Varietes, during a performance of the ballet "Manon Lescaut", in which the famous rococo courtesan deceives Des Grieux with numerous admirers. In the audience, Marguerite Gautier is disgusted by Manon"s frivolous in fidelity. Armand Duval, who has long admired Marguerite, is introduced to her by Gaston Rieux. Marguerite makes fun of Armand"s awkward sincerity. As he follows the ballet, Armand fears that his own future may reflect Des Grieux"s sorrowful fate.
After the performance Marguerite invites Armand to her apartment along with his friend Gaston, the courtesan Prudence and her own escort, the wearisome young Count N. Annoyed by the jealous Count, Marguerite suffers a coughing attack. Armand follows her to her bedroom, offers his assistance, then confesses his love. Marguerite is moved by his sincere passion. However, aware of her fatal illness and needing the comfort of luxury, she insists that their affair must remain secret.
While Marguerite continues to lead her hectic life, hastening from one ball to another, from one admirer to the next, from an old Duke to the young Count, Armand is always there - waiting. When Marguerite departs for the idyllic country house the Duke had put at her disposal - he follows her.

Act II
Marguerite"s summer straw hat promps Armand to resume his story...
Surrounded by reveling friends and ardent admirers, Marguerite continues her turbu?lent life in the country.
Valse No. 1 in A-llat major, Op. 34
3 ecossaises, Op. 72
Valse No. 3 in F major, Op, 34
With the inevitable confrontation between Armand and the Duke, Marguerite"s moment of decision arrives. She publicly acknowledges her love for Armand. Armand and Marguerite are alone at last.
Largo, from the Sonata in В minor, Op. 58
Armand"s father recalls with regret his part in the story.
Ashamed that his son is living with a prostitute, Monsieur Duval visits Marguerite in the country. He insists that her relationship with his son will ruin Armand. Shocked, Marguerite protests, but the image of Manon and her admirers appear in memory, a mirror image of her own past, confirming the truth of Monsieur Duval"s accusations. He demands that she leave Armand. Out of deep and sincere love Marguerite com?plies.
Prelude No. 2 in A minor, No. 17 in A-flat major, No. 15 in D-flat major, from 24 Preludes, Op. 28
excerpt Irom Largo, from the Sonata in В minor, Op. 58
Armand tells his father how he found the house deserted.
He waited in vain until Nanina brought him a letter saying that Marguerite had returned to her former life. unbelieving, Armand runs to Paris, finding Marguerite in the arms of the Duke.
Prelude No. 2 in A minor, No. 24 in D minor, from 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Act III
Armand explains to his father how they met later on the Champs-Elysees.
Marguerite was accompanied by the beautiful young courtesan Olympia. To have his revenge on the woman who had so deeply wounded him, Armand flirts with and seduces Olympia.
Grande fantaisle sur des airs polonais pour le piano avec orchestre in A major, Op. 13, Largo ma non troppo, Andantmo, Vivace
Deathly ill, Marguerite visits Armand, begging him not to hurt her by flaunting his affair with Olympia. Their passion ignites once more. Falling asleep, a vision of her alter ego Manon beckons Marguerite back to her former life. Waking, she remembers her promise to his father and silently leaves Armand for the second time.
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 Andante spianato in e-flat major. Op. 22
At a grand ball, Armand publicly humiliates Marguerite by handing her money as pay?ment for past services. Marguerite collapses.
Grande polonaise brillanfe in e-flat major, Op. 22
Armand has reached the end of his story. He will never see Marguerite again. Deeply moved, his father leaves, as Nanina returns and gives Armand Marguerite"s diary.
Reading, Armand seems to accompany Marguerite on her last visit to the theatre. Again she views a scene from the ballet "Manon Lescaut". This time it is one in which Manon, impoverished like herself, dies in the arms of her faithful lover Des Grieux.
Second movement, Romance, from the Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor. Op. 11
Ill and despairing, Marguerite leaves the theatre, but the characters from the ballet follow her into a feverish dream. As the phantom lovers blend with her own memo?ries, her identification with Manon seems complete. Deserted and longing to see Armand again, Marguerite confides her last thoughts to the diary, which she gives to Nanina for Armand.
excerpt from Largo, from the Sonata in В minor, Op. 58
Marguerite dies alone.
Armand silently closes her diary.

Raymonda (Ballet by Alexander Glazunov)

Raymonda (Ballet by Alexander Glazunov)

Ballet in three acts.
Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after scenario by Lidia Pashkova, based on medieval knight`s legends
Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich (version of 2003)
Scenes in choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky used
Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Sokolov
Assistant Choreographer: Natalia Bessmertnova
Premiered on May 10, 2003.
Presented with two intervals.
Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes.

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Raymonda, the niece of the Countess Sybil de Daurice, а French noblewoman, is betrothed to Jean de Brienne.
De Brienne arrives at the castle. Не has come to bid farewell to Raymonda before leaving to go on а crusade led by the King of Hungary, Andrei II.
Raymonda says goodbye tо her beloved and the knight leaves the castle.
Night-time. Raymonda is carring into the enchanted garden of dreams. In her dreams Raymonda sees Jean de Brienne. The happy lovers are together again.
Suddenly Jean de Brienne disappears.
In his place Raymonda sees an Eastern knight whom she does not know. Не confronts her with а passionate declaration of his love. Raymonda is deeply perturbed and falls unconscious to the ground. The mirage vanishes.
Dawn breaks. Raymonda decides that the vision she had in the night is an omen.

Act II
Festivities are underway at the Dayrice castle.
Among the guests is the Saracen knight, Abderakhman, accompanied by а magnificent suite. Raymonda recognizes him to be the mysterious stranger of her dream. She is terrified. Abderakhman offers Raymonda power and riches in return for her hand and heart. Raymonda rejects Abderakhman. Enraged, Abderakhman tries to abduct her.
Suddenly knights appear. They have returned from the crusade. Jean de Brienne is among them.
King Andrei П suggests that Jean de Brienne and Abderakhman settle their diffеrences in single combat. Jean de Brienne gets the better of Abderakhman. The lovers are united.

Act III
King Andrei II blesses the marriage of Raymonda аnd Jеаn de Brienne. In honour of the King of Hungary, the wedding festivities are concluded by а big Hungarian dance.

The Queen of Spades (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)

The Queen of Spades (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky after the novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin
Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Rimas Tuminas
Director, Choreographer: Anzelika Cholina
Set Designer: Adomas Jacovskis
Costume Designer: Maria Danilova
Lightning Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov
Presented with one interval.
Sung in Russian with English surtitles.
Premiered on February 15, 2018.

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Scene 1

Petersburg. Strolling in the Summer Garden, Surin tells Chekalinsky about the previous night's gambling: as usual, Нerman had spent the whole night by the gaming table, gloomily following the game, but not taking part in it.
Нerman and Count Tomsky come into the garden. Нerman admits he is in love with a girl whose name he does not know even. He is afraid she is above him in station and therefore will prove beyond his reach.
Prince Yeletsky informs his friends that he is to get married. Нerman asks him about his betrothed. "There she is", Yeletsky replies, pointing to Liza who is in the company of the old Countess, known as The Queen of Spades. Gherman is in despair: for Liza is the very girl with whom he is in love.
"Happy day, I bless you!" Yeletsky says. "Unhappy day, I curse you!" Нerman exclaims.
Tomsky tells his friends that in her youth the Countess was a great beauty. A passionate gamblег, in Paris she had once lost everything at the gaming table. Count Saint-German had told the 'Moscow Venus' the secret of three cards which had helped her win her fortune back. The Countess had been warned she would die at the hands of a man who, "impelled by despair", would come to her to demand the secret of the three cards.
Tomsky's story made a great impression on Нerman. The Summer Garden empties, a storm is about to break. All take shelter except Нerman who stands as if in a trance. He swears that if Liza does not become his, he will take his life.

Scene 2
Liza's room at the Countess' house. Some girls of her own age have come to see Liza. Their merrymaking is interrupted by a stern housekeeper: the Countess is annoyed - it is already late and she cannot sleep because of the noise the girls are making. Left alone, Liza confides her secret to the night: she is in love with Herman.
Herman appears at the balcony doors. He declares his love to Liza. There is a loud knocking at the door. The old Countess has come to Liza's room herself to find out what the noise is about. Hiding, Herman remembers the legend of the three cards. Overcome by a burning desire to find out the secret of the winning cards, he immediately forgets his love for Liza. The Countess leaves the room and Gherman comes to his senses. He again tells Liza he loves her. She begs him to leave but, won over by the strength of his passion, she admits to reciprocating his feelings.

Act II
Scene 3

A ball given by a rich dignitary. Yeletsky notices that Liza is out of spirits and keeps questioning her as to the cause of her malaise. Liza avoids giving an explanation. The entreaties of her fiance to whom she is indifferent, leave her cold.
Liza gives Herman the key to a secret door into the Countess' house: they must see each other. The way to Liza's room lies through the old woman's bedroom. It seems to Gherman that fate itself is helping him discover the secret of the three winning cards.

Scene 4
The Countess' bedroom. Here everything is reminiscent of the distant youth of the 'Moscow Venus' and Herman forgets why he has come. Possessed by the wish to find out the secret of the three cards, he decides to remain in the bedroom and make the Countess reveal it to him.
On her return from the ball, the Countess, having dismissed her maids and hangers on, remembers her youth and the marvelous balls in Paris. Herman suddenly appears and asks the Countess to reveal her secret to him. The old woman remains silent. Herman, threatening her with a pistol, repeats his request. The Countess dies....
Hearing the noise, Liza runs into the bedroom. Catching sight of the dead Countess, she exclaims in despair: "So it was the cards, not me you were after!"

Act III
Scene 5

Herman's quarters in the barracks. Herman is reading a letter from Liza in which she asks him to meet her on the embankment and give an explanation of his conduct. Herman is tormented by thoughts of the dead Countess. Against a background of the wailing wind and raging snowstorm outside, the old woman's ghost appears to Herman, who has gone out of his mind. She tells Herman he must marry Liza and that the secret of the three cards - Three, Seven and Ace - will be his.

Scene 6
The embankment of the Winter Canal. Dusk is falling fast. Liza is waiting for Herman hoping that he will dispel her suspicions that his murder of the Countess was premeditated. She waits a long time. Liza begins to lose hope and is ready to believe in Herman's villainy. But then Herman appears and for a brief moment it seems to them both that happiness may be possible, that all their sufferings are over. But, possessed by the thought of the three cards, Herman, half out of his mind, pushes Liza aside and runs off. Liza throws herself in the canal.

Scene 7
At the gambling house, the game is in full swing. Herman puts all his money on the three, the card named to him by the ghost, and wins. He doubles his stake. The second card, the seven, also brings him luck.
Herman, in very overwrought state, challenges anyone to stake once more. Yeletsky offers to play with him. But Gherman's third card turns out to be the Queen of Spades, not the ace. His card is trumped. Herman sees the ghost of the Countess. Gibbering with fear and rage he shoots himself.

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