Harp Gala. Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries


Leading soloists of the 'St. Petersburg Opera' will take part in the concert, laureates of international competitions Elizaveta Alexandrova (harp), Valentina Fedenyova (soprano), Alexey Pashiev (baritone). 

The program of the concert consists of the fantasies on the themes of the operas 'Eugene Onegin' and 'The Queen of Spades' by P. Tchaikovsky, solo harp plays from the album 'The Seasons', romances and arias from the composer’s popular operas. There will also be scenes and arias from operas by Tchaikovsky's contemporaries - Verdi, Gounod, Smetana, Puccini. Fantasies on the themes of the operas 'Rigoletto' by Verdi, 'Faust' by Gounod and the Smetana symphonic poem 'Vltava' ('The Moldau') for solo harp will be performed for the audience. 

Elizaveta Alexandrova is one of the most experienced artists of the orchestra of the 'St. Petersburg Opera' theatre. While still a student of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Professor I. Donskoy), she was taken to the orchestra of the famous Mariinsky Theatre, where she performed with great success until 2008. Exactly in this collective Elizaveta Alexandrova honed her skills, virtuoso playing the harp. Bright, emphatic performance of Elizaveta Alexandrova fascinates and delights the audience. Using all the possibilities of her sophisticated instrument, she conquers with a virtuoso and emotional play. The crystal sound of her unique harp is inimitable. The magnificent harp school and an excellent knowledge of the orchestra repertoire combined with a huge working capacity, helped Elizaveta to become one of the leading performers of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Since 1995, a young and talented musician from St.Petersburg has given solo concerts in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands. Alexandrova's artistic achievements brought her numerous awards and prizes. In 1997, she received a second prize and a special prize for the performance of a compulsory program at the First International Open Harp Competition in Moscow, First Prize at the Second International Competition in Bulgaria (Varna) and First Prize at the 'St. Petersburg Muse' contest. In 2002, she became the winner of the International Competition named after Vera Dulova and received a special award from the Union of Composers of Russia. In 2003, Elizaveta Alexandrova received a doctoral degree at the Moscow State Conservatory (the class of Professor O. Erdeli). Since 2005, she is a member of the board of the Russian Harp Society. Together with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Elizaveta Alexandrova has been touring extensively, performing with extensive symphony programs all over the world. Her immaculate and high-level playing is perfect both musically and technically, which gives the orchestral sound special colors and mood. She especially revealed in performances as part of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre at prestigious music festivals, such as: 'Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival' (Netherlands), Mikkeli Festival (Finland), as well as St. Petersburg International Art Festival 'Stars of the White Nights' and Moscow 'Easter Festival'. Since 2011, Elizaveta Alexandrova is aeducationist of the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatory (the class of harp and chamber ensemble). In 2008, Elizaveta Alexandrova returns to the theatre 'Saint Petersburg Opera' as a mature, established musician. As a leading accompanist of the harp group, she gives solo concerts on the stage of the St. Petersburg Opera theatre. The diverse themes of concerts (baroque, classical, modern, Russian, foreign music) attract not only locals, but also guests of Petersburg. One of the last concerts of Elizaveta Alexandrova 'Gala Harp. Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries' caused a great resonance among the public in St. Petersburg. The art of Elizaveta Alexandrova is diverse. She is characterized by amazing organic performance, subtle psychological interpretation of musical works. The inner spiritual-rich, philosophical-poetic world of a musician allows her to interpret both classical and modern musical text. 

Valentina Fedenyova was born in Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk. She graduated from the Donetsk Music College (clarinet). Valentina is also an alumnus of S.Prokofiev Donetsk State Academy of Music (academic vocal, class of Professor Nikolay Momot). During her fourth-year of studies at the Academy, she was invited to Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A.Solovyanenko. 2006 - 2010 – she is a soloist of the Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A.Solovyanenko; 2010 - 2011 - Artist of the Youth Opera Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia; Since 2011 - Guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre; Since 2014 - Soloist of the chamber theatre 'St. Petersburg Opera Theatre'; Since 2015 - Guest soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theatre (St. Petersburg) and Bolshoi Theatre (Minsk). She is Laureaute of the International Vocal Competitions. Valentina Fedenyova’s repertoire include Russian and foreign operas, operettas, chamber music, opera tales. In 2011, Valentina has made debut on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre as the First Lady in the opera ‘Die Zauberflöte’ by W.A.Mozart. In 2012, she sang the part of the Frasquita ('Carmen' by G. Bizet). Valentina has also performed at the Moscow Philharmonic and Moscow International Performing Arts Center. In the Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2015 she made her debut as Nedda in the opera 'Pagliacci' (by R.Leoncavallo) with Neil Shicoff (Canio) and in 2016 she sang as Pamina in the premiere of the opera ' Die Zauberflöte' by W.A. Mozart together with Paolo Fanale (Tamino) and Alexei Tikhomirov (Sarastro). In 2016 she sang the part of soprano in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on the Bruknerhaus (Linz, Austria). In the same year she made her debut on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus (Minsk) in the part of Iolanta (‘Iolanta' by P.I.Tchaikovsky). In 2018 she sang the part of Nedda in the opera 'Pagliacci' (by R.Leoncavallo) on the stage of Opera Nice Côte d' Azur (France). Valentina Fedenyova takes part in different international opera festivals such as Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum (Belarus, since 2014) and International Opera Art Festival 'Golden Crown' (Ukraine), where Valentina sang the role of Desdemona in opera ‘Otello’ (G.Verdi) She also took part in the concerts 'Young Voices of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia' with the Symphony Governor's Orchestra (Ryazan, 2014) and at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia with conductor Tugan Sokhiev (2016). Valentina has been on the tours in Spain, Estonia, Austria, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus. 

Alexey Pashiev was born in Perm. At the age of 8 years old he was taken into the children's choir of the Perm State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. He studied at the music school in the class of flute. In 2001, he graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Music College (solo singing, class of E. M. Prokofiev). Combining his studies at the music school, he also worked in the choir of the opera studio at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, later in the choir of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In 2005, he began studying at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (vocal-directing faculty (solo singing). Since 2002, Alexey is a soloist of the Chamber Music Theatre 'St. Petersburg Opera'; In 2011 - 2012 is an artist of the youth program of the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow); Since 2012, Alexey Pashiev is a guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre. Alexey Pashiev winner of the International Competition-Festival of Arts 'Petersburg Spring'; Diploma awardee of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (2007); Nominee of the National Theater Award 'Golden Sofit' for the role of Don Juan in the opera of W.A.Mozart staged by Yury Alexandrov (2009); Nominee of the National Theater Award 'Golden Sofit' for the role of Belcore in the opera ‘L'elisir d'amore’ by G. Donizetti staged by Yury Alexandrov (2016). Alexey Pashiev’s repertoire include Russian and foreign operas, operettas, chamber music.