Tour of the St. Petersburg Opera in Serbia
On November 16, 2020, the tour of the State Chamber Musical Theatre "St. Petersburg Opera" in Belgrade (Serbia) has ended. On November 13 and 14, the opera "The Rape of Lucretia" by B. Britten was shown on the stage of the National Theater in Belgrade, and on November 15 and 16, "The Abduction from the Seraglio" by W.-A. Mozart at the Madlenianum Opera & Theatre.
This was not the first visit of the theatre to the Serbian capital. In 2017, the St. Petersburg Opera presented a 20th century Russian opera in Belgrade: “Not Only Love” by R. Shchedrin and “Betrothal in a Monastery” by S. Prokofiev, and in 2019, the tour was conducted in the frameworks of the 150th anniversary of the National Theater in Belgrade and 20th anniversary of the Madlenianum Opera & Theatr. French program was proposed for the Serbian public, namely, “The Pearl Fishers” by G. Bizet and “Faust” by C. Gounod.
In 2020, the tour was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Victory over fascism and was scheduled for May 9. Unfortunately, the global coronavirus pandemic has adjusted these plans. However, the St. Petersburg Opera Theatre managed, despite all the difficulties associated with the pandemic, to bring two performances to the Serbian capital at once.
“The most difficult thing is getting the project approved by both sides. It was necessary to connect several points that should affect our arrival in Serbia. This is, first of all, the support of the government. Further, the organization of the flight and, of course, healthy people who should board the plane. I know that the Serbian side coordinated our visit at the highest level, and we, in turn, coordinated this issue with the government of St. Petersburg. Fortunately, we managed to come because this trip is of great importance for our countries, since the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War, according to our President Vladimir Putin and Serbian leader Aleksandar Vučić, is one of the greatest events in the history... ", - said the director of the theatre Evgenii Malygin in an interview with the Serbian publication “Pravda”.
Press conference took place at the National Theatre in Belgrade on November 13. People's Artist of Russia, artistic director of the St. Petersburg Opera Yuri Alexandrov, director of the theatre Evgenii Malygin, conductor Maxim Valkov, leading soloists, laureates of international competitions Larisa Pominova and Olesya Gordeeva, director of National Theatre Ivana Vujic, director of the Madlenianum Opera & Theatre Andreja Rackov, representative of the Ruski Dom (The Russian House) in Serbia Elitsa Maric participated in the press conference.
Yuri Alexandrov talked about the principles of the St. Petersburg Opera, which distinguish the theatre from other collectives.
“I think first of all we are going to Serbia to demonstrate quality of our very unusual and complex musical material. Britten is a great English composer. His works, in my opinion, are a standard in every sense: musical approaches and orchestration. "The Rape of Lucretia" is an outstanding work. We always approach such operas very seriously, trying to comprehend not only the plot, but also the process of creation, even when staging the opera, we concluded that it is necessary to include in the context of the performance the situation in which it was born...”, - Yuri Alexandrov said.
“The Abduction from the Seraglio”, an opera written in the tradition of the Singspiel, is a fun play with music, the genre of which was widespread in Germany and Austria in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This is a true story not only about the abduction from the seraglio, but also about the complex relationship between the author of the opera, Mozart, and his wife, Constanze
“Music is the language of the world. Music and art help to establish international friendly ties, because any touring projects are always a unique opportunity to move forward to strengthen cultural relations for both parties. I think you will agree with me, there should be no boundaries for art, otherwise there will be no development of world culture... ", - said the director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera Evgenii Malygin to the Serbian publication “Pravda”.