The State Academic Bolshoi Theater (Bolshoi Theater) is preparing to present the first premiere of the new, 244th season – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” directed by Alexei Frandetti. On Wednesday, a rehearsal of the play will take place, the premieres of which will be held from September 26 to 29, the theater press attache Katerina Novikova told TASS.
“Less than ten days after the opening of the 244th season, we are already inviting the audience to the first premiere. This is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera“ The Tale of Tsar Saltan ”, which has not been in our repertoire for thirty years,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
She recalled that the opera Tale of Tsar Saltan, based on the tale of the same name by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, was written by Rimsky-Korsakov in 1900. In the same year, the Moscow Partnership of Private Opera played the premiere. “This performance became legendary thanks to the scenery of Mikhail Vrubel and the” mysterious face of the unforgettable princess “- the wife of the artist Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel,” said Novikova.
According to her, success continued with opera in the future, although her progress on the imperial stage was not quick: she appeared in the Bolshoi repertoire only in 1913. The scenery of Konstantin Korovin was brilliant in this performance, the composition of the performers, including the famous bass Grigory Pirogov (Tsar Saltan), soprano Leonid Balanovskaya (Tsaritsa Militris) and Elena Stepanova (Tsarevna Lebed) were brilliant.
Later, Ksenia Derzhinskaya also appeared on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater in the Militris part, and Antonina Nezhdanova in the party of the Swan Princess, and for both of them they were their favorite roles that have been preserved in their repertoire for decades.
After the premiere, this opera survived in the Bolshoi only two productions – in 1959 and 1986. The latter remained in the repertoire until 1989, the press officer of the Bolshoi Theater said.
New version of the Bolshoi
“It’s clear that the time has really come for the fourth production of“ Tales of Tsar Saltan ”on the Bolshoi stage. Moreover, the current premiere is dedicated to two significant dates – the 175th anniversary of N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov and the 220th anniversary of his birth A.S. Pushkin, “the agency’s interlocutor emphasized.
Stage Director Alexey Frandetti spoke about the concept of the new performance. “We stage a classic Russian opera, we don’t think up“ from above ”, we just read the fairy tale carefully,” he stated. “We have very beautiful sets by Zinovia Margolin, largely historical costumes by Victoria Sevryukova. The performance is quite traditional, the first act is for sure, but then different shifters begin. ”
Without revealing all the secrets, the director said that the circus was added to the opera. “We have a very cool team of artists working in the Circus on Vernadsky Avenue, these are literally our co-authors,” Frandetti informed.
He explained that he was staging a “family performance.” “I would really like for both adults and children to be interested in our performance. That’s why we added a circus under the direction of Evgeny Shevtsov and Olga Poltorak, something must happen on the stage every three minutes, otherwise we just won’t hold the attention of the little one viewer, “- says the director.
“The Tale of Tsar Saltan” is created on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater. Behind the conductor’s console is Turan Sokhiev, chief conductor and music director of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater.
The main parties are rehearsed by the soloists of the Bolshoi Theater Opera Company: Tsar Saltan – Denis Makarov, Vyacheslav Pochapsky; Queen Militris – Maria Lobanova, Olga Seliverstova, Anna Khrapko; The Swan Princess – Anna Aglatova, Anastasia Sorokina, Guzel Sharipova; Prince Gvidon – Behzod Davronov, Ilya Selivanov; Weaver – Ekaterina Vorontsova, Julia Mazurova; Cook – Eugene Vasilchuk, Svetlana Lachina; Svatya Baba Babarikha – Irina Dolzhenko, Alexandra Durseneva, Evgenia Segenyuk and others.