03rd March 2016
What makes you jump out of your bed every morning?
My schedule! I always have a plan. Sometimes it is a super busy schedule, sometimes it is every day things I have to do and sometimes the plan is to rest so I then don’t have to get up. I love doing planned things and that’s what makes me get up in the mornings, so I can finish them and make some more plans!
What is your favourite role to sing at the moment?
I always try to enjoy every single role that I sing. I make sure that I do my best so that my heroine becomes alive on stage.
Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly
I like a lot of Opera’s. A lot. I love Verdi Opera’s and Puccini. I really admire composers like Berg, Strauss and Weinberg. I love bright heroines. I enjoy singing roles of villains, its always interesting and deep.You can make up a whole story as to why your character is so evil. Maybe she is in pain or sad. The one Opera that stands out for me is Pucccini’s Opera – Turandot. In time I would love to sing both women’s roles in Opera.
If you could sing anywhere in the world (not just in theatre) where would it be?
I can’t name a particular place in the world. I really like Saint Petersburg and Russia. I love Italy. I like England more and more ;-). When I start thinking where I would like to sing it’s not a place but the professional people around me that I think of. I imagine the highest quality around me and my constant development and maybe imposable goals that I would like to achieve on stage.
Cio-Cio San and Suzuki
Best bits about England?
Open spaces, sheep, fields, boundless sky which reminds me of Russia.I have not seen enough of London as I had an important performance there but I felt that London is a special city with it’s own particular atmosphere.
Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
No one knows that I am a small coward inside. How I get nervous before the performance. If anyone had a chance to hear some of my thought, they would not understand me.
How do you relax after an important performance?
I like to be with my colleagues and people who were involved in the performance. I like to reflect on a good performance and move on to the next performance and plan new targets and goals.
Favourite Opera singer?
My answer will be ordinary. It is Maria Callas. She is not just a singer but an actor as well. I admire her not only for her voice but how she lived on stage and acted the role of her character.
If you could take anyone to dinner who would you take?
I would invite Joseph Brodsky. I think with him it will be a very interesting evening. We would have had a great time in one of the restaurants in Venice. However, he is dead so that would not be possible.
What’s your life motto?
‘Love life in all its manifestations’. ‘Live and let others live as well’.
‘Live and enjoy every minute.’
22nd February 2016
So we have just started week 4 of the tour #RussianStateOperaonTour2016 and as you can imagine it has flown by. Everyday the cast travels to different theatres, the technical crew prepare the stage for the performance, then home made lunch and rehearsals for the orchestra and the singers. Some might say the touring schedule is too much and too full on for the artists but they LOVE it. They absolutely LOVE being on tour and perform in front of the full house every night. It is their passion and they cannot live with out the stage, singing music, performing and travelling. Yes of course it is hard and challenging but you as an artist learn to embrace it and get used to any situations, it is after all part of the game.
Here are a few #backstage snap shots
Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts Ltd, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges, to ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide spectrum of various classic pieces”.
With extensive national tours that get our productions seen the length and breadth of the country, we are able to offer national audiences in various theatres an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the price, all without sacrificing quality. So, it is very close to my heart to continue working with theatres all over the UK to deliver top quality productions every year and make new converts wherever we go.
Please have a look at our brand new video of Madam Butterfly here
We have 2 weeks left of this wonderful production don’t miss out on the opportunity to see a one of the most watched Opera in the world on your door step – Russian State Opera
Bye for now!
05th November 2015
Their annual Ballet Tour in the UK is always a joy to behold and highly anticipated.
From the rich and ancient culture of Astrakhan on the banks of the Volga River, the renowned and highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with a new vibrant, stunning enchanting ballet production, which will captivate and delight the whole family.
Don Quixote – a wonderfully entertaining ballet.
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Don Quixote is a ballet based on episodes from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.
But most of all, he dreams of his beloved Dulcinea, a woman that he believes to be so lovely and noble that she must be divine. His reveries are of their romantic adventures.
As he approaches the windmills he can no longer see the moon and thinks that evil magicians have hidden his beloved mistress. So, spear in hand, he tilts at the sails of the windmill, which he mistakes for a giant!
Don Quixote has recently made headlines in various newspapers –
Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, topped a poll of literary characters whose names we struggle to say correctly.
Considered to be one of literature’s greatest ever works, Don Quixote proves to be a difficult name to get right as it was voted the number one most commonly mispronounced name by 44% of those surveyed.
It should be pronounced “Don-Key-Hoh-Tee”, not “Don Quicks-Oat”.
However, don’t miss out this wonderfully entertaining ballet as Don Quixote has all the elements of the great classical ballets: emotion, drama and unforgettable characters.
To find out more information please visit our website
23rd October 2015
The Autumn Ballet season 2015 is well under way and our local audiences have had the joy of watching Swan Lake Ballet, Nutcracker and Don Quixote all performed to a large live orchestra.
From the rich and ancient culture of Astrakhan on the banks of the Volga River, the renowned and highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns with three new vibrant, stunning and enchanting ballets productions which will captivate and delight the whole family.
Swan Lake – the greatest of all romantic ballets
The Nutcracker – an eternal seasonal favourite
Don Quixote – a wonderfully entertaining ballet
Directed and choreographed by Konstantin Uralsky
Former Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Dancer, Director of the New York Ballet Company and Ballet Artistic Director of the Glinka State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk, and Artistic Director of the Russian State Ballet & Opera Theatre of Astrakhan, Konstantin URALSKY has been creating ballets for more than twenty years and toured world-wide with the Company.
He is a classic Russian artist and his work is a phenomenon in Russian national culture, renowned for its creative expression.
A number of ballet productions choreographed by Uralsky are exceptional in their depth of philosophical conceptual thinking and valuable creative discoveries in the field of music and choreographic drama. His creative experience deserves attention and study of young, novice choreographers.
Uralsky never puts on stage frivolous, senseless, entertaining or purely formal performances. He is concerned about the problems of the modern world, especially the tragic conflict, to which he devoted most of his work. But he sees the world not from its one side only, not darkly pessimistic, but in its entirety with everything wonderful, positive and bright in life.
This all-around position seems to me the most efficient nowadays.
Producer Alexej Ignatow, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “It’s fantastic to bring such a talented and inspiring Russian ballet company to the UK to offer local audiences the opportunity to experience world class ballet performances. We want to make ballet much more accessible and with such a renowned Bolshoi star as Konstantin Uralsky, as director, audiences know that these performances promise to be both stunning and magical.”
“Ballet is often thought to be “difficult” and elitist, but this is not so. Both forms are timeless and, like any art, they need to be presented in an accessible and attractive way to the audience. This is why we feel it is so important to present our productions in a classical, traditional style that is familiar to all.”
For more information and how to book tickets please visit our website
See you soon at one of our local theatres.
22nd September 2015
Irina Bozhenko, who has starred in operas across the globe, and will be making guest appearances in the leading role of Violetta, for performances in Harrogate, Llandudno, Blackburn, Darlington, Stockport and York.
|Mon||28-Sep||Harrogate, Royal Hall||01423 502 116|
|Tue||29-Sep||Llandudno, Venue Cymru||01492 872 000|
|Fri||02-Oct||Stockport, The Plaza||01614 777 779|
|Sun||04-Oct||Blackburn, King Georges Hall||0844 847 1664|
|Tue||06-Oct||Darlington, Civic Theatre||01325 486 555|
|Wed||07-Oct||York, Barbican||0844 854 2757|
How old were you when you realised that you wanted to be an Opera singer?
I used to sing in kinder garden and then in school where I was part of the school choir. I went through a stage of trying to be like Whitney Huston. Especially, I used to love singing when I did chores at home.
What do you do after a performance?
We have a tradition with the cast – After any premiere we get together to celebrate and discuss the performance. We are all together in it, rehearsals, stress, and performances, so it’s important to share the feelings with each other and get it out of your chest.
I have met some Opera singers that would wake up in the middle of the night to go through their lines. How do you separate work from home?
I never bring my work home. Although sometimes if I can’t get things right I moan to my husband. He is a good musician so he understands what I am talking about.
What do you like doing in your free time?
I like to cook and being outside. Nothing extraordinary. Being surrounded by nature calms me down. It’s important for me to switch off at the right moment. We give so much emotion on stage it’s vital to recharge.
If you could, what message will you give to the audience?
Don’t be shy to show your emotions, it is really important for us. At the end of the day we are singing for you!
The opera is being performed by The Russian State Opera as part of the company’s UK wide opera tour from September to mid October 2015.
For information and tickets for La Traviata, please visit amande-concerts.co.uk/la-traviata
11th August 2014
I hope you enjoyed our last Sneak Peak Post. I really enjoy sharing pictures of the tours coming up with you. Its great to share sneak peaks behind the scenes and to get people excited for the tour. There are only a few more weeks until our Autumn tour premieres so here are some behind the scenes pictures of Sleeping Beauty.
Don”t forget to check out the Amande Concerts website to find out when we are visiting a theatre near you!
27th November 2012
Russian State Ballet and Opera House have been touring in UK for six weeks. It has been a fantastic six weeks full of dancing, rehearsing, travelling and site seeing for the cast.
The Orchestra arrived a few weeks ago to join the troupe. Founded in April 1927, the Belarus State Academic Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest institutions in the former Soviet Union. The first performance given by the Symphonic Orchestra was conducted by the Great Russian composer R. Gluier, and featured the famous soloist and Austrian pianist R. Gottlieb. In 1937 the young, talented and now world famous I. Mussin took charge of the Orchestra. When you hear live music at the theatre (any theatre) it makes such a difference the way you watch ballet. I am sure a lot of people have goose pimples when they hear live music, especially if it’s written by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky.
Andrei Galanov is a prominent conductor, internationally recognised for his work with leading orchestras in his native Belarus, Russia, and around the globe.
Maestro Galanov is an active guest conductor with many acclaimed orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Provence in France, Teatro Marrucino Orchestra in Italy, and New Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Japan. His conducting has been well received by audiences in Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Japan. For the past ten years he has been invited to perform at numerous festivals in France and Italy.
Maestro Galanov enjoys guest conducting with the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus. He has led orchestras in special performances of new works by contemporary composers. He conducted the world premiere of “Requiem pour Tchernobyl” by Bruno Letort.
If you are able to see any of our performances please book tickets here
20th November 2012
As we have been extremely busy we haven’t posted a lot of ‘behind the scene’ posts while the tour is on. We still have a month to go so we try our best to tell you how the cast is going on. For this post, however, I’ve decided to concentrate on some lovely photos.
Sophie Teasdale came to take a few photos backstage. Here just a few of them. I think they look great.
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14th October 2012
It has been a week since the tour started. And it has been a great, extremely busy, stressful at times and rewarding week. With each production you tour with, you need to know and do different things. So you are adjusting and getting used to the dancers, technicians, being on the road and working on the go 24/7 during the first week.
Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have proven to the British audience that they can be just as graceful and beautiful on stage as any other top ballet companies. In the past week they have performed Swan Lake Ballet and am sure champagne and flowers will be received. 😉
Images from the rehearsals
Monday is usually a day off for people on tour. Not for people who are left in the office. On days off, the cast enjoy much rewarded sleep in and a walk around the town they are stopping at. Last Monday the dancers enjoyed the wonderful Nottingham city centre. What I personally like about Nottingham is that everything is near by. You can walk to most places. The cast will visit a few big cities like Manchester, Liverpool and of course London. London is always the favourite. Perhaps because its the city that always circulates in Russian text books while learning English.
As this is the first behind the scene post, we would love to know what in particular you are interested to know. Perhaps, the time of rehearing or a few videos taking with soloist dancers?
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18th September 2012
Now that we are in September, its time to really focus on our upcoming Autumn Tour. From 6th October til the 15th December we will be bringing the world famous Russian State Ballet and Opera House to perform to UK audiences!
Today I thought I would share some of the pictures of the theatre HGH performing Swan Lake. I won”t share too many photos as I don”t want to spoil the surprise for those coming to the show…
Let me know which picture is your favourite! If you would like to find out which venues near you Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty will be visiting CLICK HERE.