5 Minutes with soloist Olga Georgieva

03rd March 2016

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Olga Georgieva

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.

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Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly

Favourite Opera?

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.

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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.

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Backstage

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.

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Maria Callas

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.

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Joseph Brodsky

What’s your life motto?

‘Love life in all its manifestations’. ‘Live and let others live as well’.

‘Live and enjoy every minute.’

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#Russian State Opera on Tour 2016

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

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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.

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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  

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Bye for now!

 

Madama Butterfly Opera premiers in 2016

05th February 2016

Madam Butterfly – one of the most colourful & exotic operas 

So we are well in 2016 now which means our annual Opera tour has begun on Monday night in Guildford. After months and months of preparation, organisation and hard work the cast is finally here in England, performing at different theatres each night. This year we have decided to bring back the ever famous Madam Butterfly Opera. This exquisite production, with its beautiful new set and costumes, intensifies the emotion in an already heart-breaking opera.

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Our wonderful soloist  Olga Georgieva as a Cio-Cio San

Music by Giacomo Puccini

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Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madam Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grips your heart.It tells the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

Madam Butterfly remained close to Puccini’s heart, for he never tired of hearing it or of seeing it performed. Fortunately, today’s opera-lovers agree wholeheartedly with him!

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Suzuki (Cio-Cio San’s Servant) and Madam Butterfly waiting for Lieutenant Pinkerton

Alexej Ignatow producer of Russian State Opera said ‘No experience is needed to enjoy these classics. Our sets and costume designs, as well as the informative programmes make the productions very accessible and most of all, enjoyable. For opera, English surtitles make it easy to follow the story as you listen to the performance sung in its original language.’

We look forward to seeing you at one of our venues for a wonderful evening out!

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Sprinkle magic to the start of the festive season

20th November 2015

Hello our dear readers,

We hope you are getting ready for a festive season full of snow, (maybe rain in England), mulled wine, presents, Christmas shopping, family time, and much more. Let’s not forget that attending the Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition for many generations.

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A nutcracker doll which turns into a prince… 

Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats, and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score performed live by over 30 musicians, are just some of the ingredients that will be brought together by this renowned Russian company.
A highly accessible ballet, full of familiar music such as The Waltz of the flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Hurry and Book your tickets here here

As we only have 10 more performances before the Ballet cast of RSBOH will go back home to get ready for their own festive season in Russia, which starts later then in England.

 

Below are just a few paragraphs from our Reviewers from our Autumn Ballet Tour 2015:

‘The opening scene was particularly eye-catching, with its sugared almond colours and rich backdrops, and I loved the way the effect of the lake was achieved, with the swans intertwining in “waves” on the lake.’ – Nancy Hill

‘The whole company is to be congratulated for its versatility in performing both classical and robust character dances with vigour and enjoyment.’ – Margaret Willis, DanceTabs

‘Visually The Nutcracker was beautiful, all rich textures and sumptuous reds, greens and ultramarine blues. The second act ballroom scene was spectacular with the biggest chandelier you’ve ever seen. This ballet also gives incredible scope for costume design with all the different toy-based characters and this production did not disappoint. Visually it was stunning and a feast for the eyes.’ – Michael Hasted

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Don Quixote delights the audience

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.

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Former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist comes to UK

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

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The Nutcracker – an eternal seasonal favourite

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Don Quixote a wonderfully entertaining ballet

 

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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.”

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See you soon at one of our local theatres.

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BOLSHOI Opera Guest Soloist to perform at your local Theatre

22nd September 2015

 

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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.

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Upcoming Ballet Tour 2014

23rd September 2014

We now have less then a month until our 7th Ballet season kicks off in England. As you can imagine we are busy busy busy organising last bits for the tour. The posters are distributed to the theatres

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The tickets are on sale and the ballet cast are busy rehearsing for their upcoming tour. This year we are bringing to you the timeless ballet Swan Lake. ‘The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great Pas de Deux.’

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The Christmas absolute favourite ballet Nutcracker. ‘The Nutcracker became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and perhaps the most popular ballet in the world.’

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Giselle the greatest of all romantic Ballets. ‘Giselle, a ballet in two acts by 19th century’s French composer Adolphe Adam stands out as one of the most celebrated classical ballets.’

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The tour will begin in Harlow on 17 October 2014 and will finish in Eastbourne on 07 December 2014. Please visit our website for more information.

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Romeo and Juliet story

01st October 2013

For the first time this year Russian State Ballet and Opera House will be bringing the mesmerising ballet, Romeo and Juliet to a theatre near you.

The world’s greatest love story “for never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and Romeo”. (William Shakespeare)

For more information about Romeo and Juliet, about the history and where we will be performing please go to Romeo and Juliet Ballet

William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet choreographers – so perfectly suited to dance are its drama, romance and tragedy.

Set to one of Prokofiev’s most evocative scores, this production is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles, and compelling drama, all amidst stunning production designs.

Romeo and Juliet has become one of the most beloved ballets, captured the imagination of many generations over the years, and continues to attract audiences worldwide, full of mystery and romance. The Ballet is known for its breathless ‘Pas de Deux’, dramatic emotions and tragic tale, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time!

Most people will be familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet, however, we would like to take the opportunity and tell you the story in our own words. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed writing it!

If you would like to read the history of the ballet and how it developed and changed.

 

As Romeo is daydreaming about romantic love the citizens of Verona are having a party in the main square of the town. Even maids, salesmen and florists are having a good time. Sadly, however, for decades the two wealthy families of Verona, Capulet and Montague have been fighting with each other.

Another quarrel is happening at the square while other people are enjoying the party. Mothers and wives are begging the men to stop fighting. Right in the middle of the fight Tybalt (the favourite nephew of Capulet) appears, Tybalt is known for his famous fights on the streets. The Prince of Escalus, ruler of Verona, appears and stops the fight.

In Juliet’s room her nurse is getting Juliet’s dress ready as she is going to a ball today for the first time. The nurse decides to try on the dress and pretends she is at the ball. Juliet is peeking through the door and quietly laughing to herself.

At the same time 4 young men are also getting ready for the ball. Mercutio and Benvolio trying to distract Romeo from daydreaming. The boys are trying to persuade Romeo to sneak to the ball in disguised masks as Capulet family holds the ball and Romeo is the son of Montague.

Back in the square of Verona everyone is doing their usual daily things. Mercution and Benvolio are at the square. A pretty girl is flirting with Mercutio and suddenly she sprays a bit of water from the fountain on Mercutio but he quickly ducks away and the water lands on the new outfit of Tybalt. Everyone is laughing at him. Mercutio does not waste an opportunity to say a few jokes towards his enemy, Tybalt. As you can imagine Tybalt gets angry straight away and there is no stopping him. Romeo appears and tries to calm him down by saying he loves Tybalt like his friend, which angers Tybalt even more, as he knows it’s not true.

Mercution and Tybalt start fighting. Romeo tries to stop the fight and gets right in the middle of them. This encourages Tybalt to stab Mercutio. Mercutio dies.
The fight continues as Romeo becomes angry with pain and kills Tybalt. The pain takes over the square of Verona.

Back in Juliet’s room Romeo and Juliet are together. But he cannot stay in town after he killed Tybalt. At the sunset Romeo leaves and the couple say good-bye to each other.

Juliet’s parents introduce her to Count Paris. He is in love with her and asks her parents to marry the lovely Juliet. This sounds like an arranged marriage and of course Juliet refuses to marry as she is in love with Romeo. Juliet is unable to tell her parents the truth, as they hate Romeo. Juliet’s father is puzzled by Juliet’s behaviour but doesn’t take any notice of her sadness and agrees for her to marry Count Paris. Juliet is heartbroken. Only Father Larenzo is now able to help.

Father Lorenzo decides to give Juliet a ‘special’ drug that will put her to sleep, it will be ‘death like coma’. Everyone will think Juliet killed herself, apart from Romeo. Laurence will make sure Romeo will know that it is all an act.

When Juliet returns home, she drinks the drug and falls asleep.

Romeo finds out about Juliet death and he is heartbroken. Friar Laurence did not have enough time to tell Romeo the truth. How irresponsible of him! Romeo visits Juliet in Capulet’s crypt, where Juliet is lying peacefully.

Romeo sees Juliet and starts to sob. He does not want to live without her. He takes out a poison from his pocket and drinks it. Moments later, Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo. She is happy to see him only to find out he is dead! She also does not want to live without him. Juliet sees Romeo’s knife and kills herself with it, this time it’s not a ‘death like coma’.

Romeo and Juliet will now be together, forever.

 

The Nutcracker Story

05th September 2013

After last year success Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back to perform The Nutcracker.

“The Nutcracker” Ballet created by one of the most famous Russian composers Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was shown for the first time on 18 December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg. It was performed along with Tchaikovsky’s Opera, Iolanta.

More than 120 years passed, and this performance is still an integral part of any Christmas celebration, along with Christmas tree and presents.

The wonderful Christmas story is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve which turns into a Prince, and the magic starts…

We have decided to tell you the story of Nutcracker in our own words. Many people know the story of the Nutcracker as a fairy tale and not as a Ballet. If you would like to read the history of Nutcracker Ballet.

Please get comfortable for the wonderful journey to the Magical World of sugar plum fairies and the Kingdom of Sweets.

It’s Christmas Eve in the Siberhaus home and family and friends have gathered in the sitting room to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree. All the children gather together to light up the Christmas tree. The Children absolutely love the candles and decorations. They are seen to admire the tree.

As the party begins children are given presents and every one is having a good time dancing and talking. As the clock strikes eight a person enters the room wearing a black smock. After a few seconds we realise it’s Drosselmeyer, a local magician and Marie and Fritz godfather. Drosselmeyer gives handmade presents to the children. The four dolls that Drosselmeyer made himself dance around for the guests and everyone is amazed.

Drosselmeyer puts the dolls away and gets out a wooden nutcracker carved out as a little man. The Nutcracker is used for cracking hazelnuts so other children don’t take any notice of the doll apart from Marie. She admires the Nutcracker and plays with him. Her annoying little brother breaks the Nutcracker on purpose. As you can imagine Marie is very upset and sad that such a unique doll is broken.

Soon the party comes to an end and all the guest are leaving. During the night, after everyone has gone to bed Marie returns to the sitting room to see where the Nutcracker is. As she bends down to see the Nutcracker, the clock strikes midnight and she sees her godfather, Drosselmeyer. All of the sudden mice begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree becomes gigantic.

The Nutcracker also grows to a full size. Marie sees her precious nutcracker in the form of a live person at the head of a company of soldiers. They soon start to fight against a horde of mice lead by mouse King. It is only thanks to Marie’s assistance that the Nutcracker finally wins. She throws a slipper at the King of mice giving the Nutcracker a chance to kill the King. The Nutcracker invites Marie to accompany him to the Kingdom of Sweets.

The mice retreat and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince. He leads Marie through beautiful snowflakes, which dance around them. A snow king and snow queen rule over the snow flakes. Surrounded by icicles, crystals and snowflakes, they perform a ‘pas de deux’ in honour of Marie and the Nutcracker and wish them a good journey.

When the Prince and Marie reach the Realm of Sweets, the sugar-plum fairy is summoned and organises a welcome celebration in honour of Marie, featuring a series of character dances.

The first group, “Chocolate“, is a Spanish dance, where the second group, “Coffee“, takes the form of an Arabian dance. This is followed by “Tea“, performed by Chinese dancers. Next, there is a fiery Cossack dance, followed by the “Cane Flutes“. The grand pas de deux, danced by the sugar-plum fairy and the prince, is preceded by The “Waltz of the Flowers“.

A final waltz is performed by all the sweets, after which Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of The Land of Sweets.

Soon, however, the people of the land of the sweets begin to disappear one by one, until the Nutcracker Prince himself disappears.

Marie suddenly wakes up and realises that it was all just a dream. In the room around her, everything has returned to normal and the Nutcracker remains under the Christmas tree. But, this wonderful dream and this very special Christmas Marie will remember forever.

Join us for an unforgettable journey in the run-up to Christmas and be part of the magic as its unfolds. Do not delay in purchasing your ticket for the greatest Ballet, The Nutcracker. Visit www.ballet-tickets.com for more information.