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Guide to live classical music and opera in Russia

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Tchaikovsky's Ballets
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MoscowJoshua Bell & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Moscow

© Alan Kerr
Prokofiev, Brahms, Beethoven
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

MoscowJoshua Bell & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Moscow

© Joshua Bell
Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

MoscowCandide

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

MoscowBetrothal in a Monastery

Prokofiev: Betrothal in a Monastery
Alexander Lazarev; Alexander Titel; Stanislavsky Opera; Vladimir Arefiev; Inna Klochko; Maria Makeeva

MoscowAlcina

Handel: Alcina
Andrea Marcon; Katie Mitchell; Bolshoi Opera; Chloe Lamford; Heather Engebretson; Anna Gorbacheva

St PetersburgTchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Dmitriev; Nikita Boriso-Glebsky
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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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.
****1
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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
****1
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