The team of Helikon stars together with the artistic director of the theater Dmitry Bertman and the principal guest conductor of “Helikon-opera” Vladimir Fedoseyev went to the island of Saaremaa.
About 200 Helikon people were sent to Estonia, which were delivered by two aircraft to Tallinn and Riga, from where they headed for Kuressaare. From July 23 to July 28, the Moscow Theater will present seven performances at the “Days of Opera in Saaremaa” festival, including the world premiere of “Mr. Georg Ots” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the legendary singer.
Helikon is associated with Estonia for many years of cooperation and friendship. The theater has already participated in the opera festival in Saaremaa in 2012, and the artistic director of the theater Dmitry Bertman performed several productions in Estonia.
This time “Helikon” will become the main participant of the festival “Days of Opera in Saaremaa” and will present seven performances to the local public and tourists: “The Queen of Spades” by P.I. Tchaikovsky (July 23), “Mr. Georg Ots” (July 24 and 28), “The Seven Deadly Sins” by K. Weil (July 24), “Nabucco” by G. Verdi (July 25), “Dialogues of the Carmelites” F. Poulenc ( July 26), “Visiting Opera Tale” (July 27), gala concert “Tsar Opera” (July 27).
The festival will open on July 23. “The Queen of Spades” PI. Tchaikovsky, which conducts maestro Fedoseev. The world premiere of “Mr. Georg Ots” will take place on July 24, and this will be a joint production with Eesti Kontsert, in which both Russian and Estonian performers participate. And although the premiere is already on Wednesday, much still remains under the veil of secrecy. “Starting to work on the performance, we set ourselves a difficult task: to show the image of the main character without playing his role as an artist,” said Dmitry Bertman. All the tickets for the new work of one of the most talented directors of our time were bought up in the spring, so the theater decided to arrange an additional premiere on the last day of the festival on July 28.
One of the novelties of the festival will be “Night Opera”. After the evening performance, musical gourmets can enjoy another production in a chamber atmosphere. The choice fell on a ballet with Kurt Weil’s singing The Seven Deadly Sins on texts by Bertold Brecht. Artistic director of the Saaremaa festival Arne Mikk is convinced that none of the six other productions of “Helikon” will be in the shadow of the world premiere, since Dmitry Bertman is able to turn any classical work into an intriguing performance, understandable to our contemporaries.