"St. Petersburg Opera" will take part in the Fifth All-Russian Festival "See Music"
In the new 34th season, the "St. Petersburg Opera" will take part in the Fifth All-Russian Festival "See Music" and will present two unique performances on the stage of the Moscow Helikon-Opera Theatre. On October 27, 2020 "Esmeralda" by A. Dargomyzhsky, and on October 28, 2020 the play "Peter the Great, or The Incredible Adventures of the Russian Tsar" by G. Donizetti staged by People's Artist of Russia Yuri Alexandrov will be shown to the audience.
The festival “See Music” is one of the largest forums which is organized without expert advice, giving the theatres the right to decide what to share with the audience of Moscow. The St. Petersburg Opera has been a constant participant in the festival since its inception.
“Esmeralda” is a forgotten opera by the Russian composer who gave the world the innovative “ The Stone Guest” and “Rusalka” (Mermaid). The premiere of the performance took place in winter, and today this work is only shown on the stage of the St. Petersburg Opera theatre. Few remember that Dargomyzhsky at the beginning of his career dreamed of a great romantic opera. He was especially attracted by the plots of the works of Victor Hugo. The colossal success of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame has given rise to numerous dramatizations, paintings and illustrations. The images of the novel moved to the opera and ballet stage, while undergoing rethinking and alteration. However, not all productions were successful. Dargomyzhsky also showed himself in “Esmeralda” as a gifted playwright. The talented young composer created amazing music that retains impressive strength to our time and managed to truly convey the atmosphere of action and the flavor of life in medieval Paris.
“In our performance we keep in full the historicism of Dargomyzhsky's composition. We do not deprive the staging of the captivating harsh poetry of the medieval world, but the problems of the main characters will be familiar and understandable to a person of the twenty-first century, because they are eternal. This is a bright love that united two people from different strata of society (a young officer Phoebus and a gypsy girl Esmeralda), and a pernicious passion that burns from within, that turned Frollo into a demon ... Over the centuries, a lot has changed, but both then and now, extraordinary feelings and passions are born in a ruthless society that condemns any sincere manifestations, which leads to tragedy. The finale of the performance, I think you can guess what life itself prompted us. The beautiful cathedral perishes, and with it everything burns down in the fire: amazing people, their hopes, love, passion and pain,” says Yuri Alexandrov.
"Peter the Great, or The Incredible Adventures of the Russian Tsar" by G. Donizetti is also performed only on the stage of the St. Petersburg Opera. The play was staged for the first time a decade and a half ago - in the year of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg and became a real sensation. The fact is that the score for "Peter the Great" disappeared after a fire at the Teatro La Fenice (1823). She was not remembered for 180 years. Yuri Alexandrov rediscovered this lost masterpiece to the world. The director had to conduct a real investigation. The Donizetti Opera House in Bergamo, the La Fenice Theater in Venice, the Ricordi House foundation and publishing house, which owns the right to the composer's music, and the Italian Consulate General in St. Petersburg were involved.
On the eve of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great, Yuri Alexandrov decided to bring back this unique piece to the stage and present it to the audience in Moscow.