Russian Ballet Season 2016
Russian State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Astrakhan
The history of the theatre dates back to 1899. However, its most recent transformation began in 1985, when Larisa Himich, graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, came to town and managed to unite the best creative forces of the conservatory and regional Philharmonic Orchestra. The troupe was outgrowing its current place and on 2 November 1995 the Governor of Astrakhan Region confirmed that a new dedicated building would be assigned for the creative team.
In 2000 a new theatre director was appointed to take the theatre to new highs, his name was Mihail Ostanin. The theatre in its early days relied on attracting famous soloists and artists from Moscow and other major theatres of the country. Under the leadership of ballet director Larissa Sivitskaya the theatre started building a ballet troupe that would be equal to any major theatres in Russian Federation. The theatre began a very fruitful and creative collaboration with the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. Shortly after this, a number of world opera productions were staged and received an enthusiastic approval from the audience and press. The theatre showed that it is able to cope with new challenges and is ready to play an important role in the field of world opera and ballet.
Things went from good to great when during the 450th anniversary of Astrakhan president Vladimir Putin presented a gift to the city, a gift in form of a brand new theatre. In 2006 plans were approved for its creation and it was A. Denisova who has won the architectural tender for the design of the new building. The new theatre combines architectural traditions, modern advances in the field of construction and regional characteristics.
In 2010 the preparations for the opening of the new theatre have started. To raise the bar and increase the standard even further, director appointed a new artistic director and chief conductor Valery Voronin and from St. Petersburg Elena Vershinin in the role of chief artist of the theatre.
This relationship from the first day proved to be a success and their very first production of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” was straight away nominated for the National Theatre Award “Golden Mask” the highest award in Russian theatre world.
New ideas, high standards and high aspirations brought on board Konstantin Balakin and artistic director of the ballet Konstantin Uralskii (winner of the State Prize from the Government of the Russian Federation). A young and dynamic troupe is created to challenge the ballet world in the field of classical and contemporary ballet. To enable continuation in high standard, the theatre actively worked and opened a ballet academy that would look to provide the theatre every year with outstanding young talent in the years to come.
The first opera production that was performed on the new stage was “Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky which underlined the fact that the theatre will have its very unique own style in how to address the classical theatre repertoire.
Theatre is memorable place where audience can experience professional opera and ballet productions. However, the theatre in Astrakhan is more than that, it’s also home to the only professional symphony orchestra and choir. Therefore, the stage always features a high variety of different genres of music and dance.
For more information about the theatre you can find on http://www.astoperahouse.ru/en/
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