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Guide to live classical music and opera in Russia

August 2018
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Bernstein: Candide
Tugan Sokhiev; Alexei Frandetti; Bolshoi Opera; Timofei Ryabushinsky; Viktoria Sevryukova; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

St PetersburgRussian Music Seasons

Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Borodin, Balakirev, Prokofiev

St PetersburgTishchenko, Brahms

Tishchenko, Brahms
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Altschuler

MoscowBoris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Tugan Sokhiev; Igor Ushakov; Bolshoi Opera; Alyona Pikalova; Elena Zaytseva; Rafał Siwek; Mikhail Kazakov

MoscowOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Antonello Allemandi; Nadine Duffaut; Emmanuelle Favre; Katia Duflot; Carl Tanner; Marina Costa-Jackson

MoscowWar and Peace

Prokofiev: War and Peace
Felix Korobov; Alexander Titel; Stanislavsky Opera; Vladimir Arefiev; Olga Polikarpova; Elena Bezgodkova; Elena Guseva
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The Bolshoi: Danish dancing with a Russian touch

© Damir Yusupov
The Bolshoi dancers Anna Tikhomiova and Artemy Belyakov shine in the stylish and poetic version of La Sylphide by Johan Kobborg.
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Mieczysław Weinberg's The Idiot at the Bolshoi Theatre

Bogdan Volkov (Prince Myshkin), Pyotr Migunov (Rogozhin) © Damir Yusupov
Completed in 1985 and premièred in Mannheim in 2013, Mieczysław Weinberg's The Idiot is a true rarity. Seeing it revived for the first time, it's thrilling to see the opera given the vocal and musical treatment it desrves, lending a helping hand to its return from oblivion.
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The epitome of Russianness: Boris Godunov at the Mariinsky

Edem Umerov (Boris) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
In Tarkovsky's venerable production, the Mariinsky orchestra and chorus are brilliant – but too brilliant for their soloists, including two replacement Borises for an indisposed Mikhail Petrenko.
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Intoxicating, mystic, sacred, profane

Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Rodion Shchedrin's opera mixes singing, choreography and storytelling to lend a potent sacred and mystic overlay to Nikolai Leskov's folk tale.
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Netrebko takes on Adriana Lecouvreur at the Mariinsky

Anna Netrebko (Adriana) © Valentin Baranovsky | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Isabelle Patriot-Pieri's new production is a quirky mix of traditional and the opposite; Netrebko shows her star quality; Eyvasov impresses.
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The Mariinsky celebrate Stravinsky's 135th

Mariinsky Concert Hall © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra celebrate Stravinsky with a gala that closes with an outstanding Firebird; young talent blooms in A Soldier's Tale
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