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Ballets and Operas of the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow
February 26, 2018 13:08


The best stage productions, which have made it into the short list of the Golden Mask Festival, are held in the framework of the grandest Russian theater festival.
Opera "Billy Budd" at the Bolshoi Theater

When: February 27

Joint stage production of the Bolshoi Theater and the English National Opera. See the premiere of Benjamin Britten's opera staged by famous director David Alden in Moscow. Nearly all of the production team came from the UK to stage Billy Budd under the directorship by David Alden, an American by birth, who worked at the English National Opera for a long time, and presently works extensively with the Bavarian State Opera. David Alden is an avant-garde, bold director, highlighting totally unexpected aspects of famous classical operas in his productions, thus giving them a shade of surrealism.

Opera "Billy Budd" is based on the unfinished novel by American writer Herman Melville. The dramatic story is set in 1797 on a military ship and tells about the ill fortune of a good-natured, simple-hearted young sailor named Billy.

Where: the Bolshoi Theater (New Stage) at the address 4/2, Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, next to Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya, and Chekhovskaya metro stations, Moscow.
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Ballets by Serge Lifar, Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater 
When: March 18 and 19
Neoclassicism staged by the most prominent foreign choreographers of the 20th century.

The night will kick off with the Russian premiere of the ballet "Suite in White" staged by Serge Lifar in 1943 and set to the music by Eduard Lalo. The abstract production became a manifesto of the neoclassical ballet.

The play "Little Death" was already performed on the stage of the Musical Theater. Choreographer Jiri Kilian is so deeply immersed in Mozart's music that it makes you wonder: whether the dance turns into music, or the music fills the dancers’ bodies. Each performer tells their own unique story, and the work on the whole cannot be called other than genius.

The program will be completed with the ballet "The Second Detail" by William Forsythe to the music of Tom Willems. William Forsythe is the architect of dance, giving a new understanding of the space in which dancers unfold. This ballet was first presented in Russia by the Perm Ballet Troupe in 2012, and it will take stage of the Stanislavsky Theater for the first time.

Where: Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater at the address 17, Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, next to Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, and Chekhovskaya metro stations, Moscow.

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Opera "Faust" at the New Opera Theater

When: April 12

In the 19thcentury, Charles Gounod composed an opera based on the first part of the famous tragedy Faust. He changed his work several times in the 1860s, so several versions of the opera are possible.

Charles Gounod treats the legend in a way different from that of Goethe. In the opera, the attention is paid to a love story rather than to philosophical reflections. According to the plot, Faust signs a contract with the devil Mephistopheles. The devil gives him youth and helps gain the love of beautiful Margarita, and in return he wants the doctor’s soul.

Musically, this opera is a kind of historical creation, which gives space to classical harmony, Bach's polyphony and gentle, blurred shades of impressionism.

Where: the Novaya Opera Theater at the address 3,  Karetny Ryad Street, next to Tsvetnoy Boulevard and Chekhovskaya metro stations, Moscow. 
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Author: Vera Ivanova

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