A tour is hard work that may become a celebration, but on the other hand it is also a warm welcome and human understanding. Our tour geography is extensive: from the most remote parts of Russia, such as the Yamal Peninsula, across Europe and to America ...
The disaster of September 11, 2001 in the United States convinced me once again that the theatre is something more than just entertainment. It is an intellectual action that brings people together. A tragic touch, which will remain with us for life, prevailed in that tour. The audience did not leave after the performances. Everyone wanted to talk to the Russians who were not afraid to come to America just after the national tragedy.
The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera has seen a warm welcome not only in Moscow, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Pskov, Kostomuksha, Veliky Novgorod, Petrozavodsk, Perm, Omsk and Kaliningrad, but also in more remote Russian locations like Salekhard, Yakutsk and Khabarovsk.
The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera regularly takes part in Russian theatre festivals including Stars of the White Nights in St. Petersburg, Days of St. Petersburg in Yakutia, Opera Panorama and To See the Music in Moscow, Panorama of musical theatres of Russia in Yekaterinburg, Volga theatre seasons in Samara demonstrating all facets of modern opera, both in classic style and in experimental form. The theatre has repeatedly participated in Days of Culture in Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Salekhard and Tambov.
The theatre also makes extensive international tours. The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera was among the first Russian theatre companies that toured the United States immediately after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The tour was a great success and was highly acclaimed in the US media.
Also, The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera regularly represents Russian culture abroad at various forums and festivals. The theatre has participated in the Festival of Russian Music in Finland and Musiksommer in Switzerland, where the European premiere of the play “Gamblers-1942” based on “The Gamblers”, an unfinished opera by Dmitri Shostakovich took place. In 2008, the Chamber Opera toured in Poland and Sweden. They presented “Queen of Spades” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in Opera Nova as part of the XII Bydgoszcz Opera Festival. In Sweden, the theater took part in the famous Dalhalla Opera Festival with “Cio Cio San” by Giacomo Puccini. The theatre also participated in other projects including Days of Saint Petersburg in Dresden (Germany) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Pärnu Opera Days (Estonia), opera festivals in Tuscany (Italy) and Jekabpils (Latvia).
Tours across Russia, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Estonia have strengthened the global reputation of The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera as a professional creative team which works in various drama styles and seeks to update the expressive means of opera genre.