15 July 2014, Tuesday
The Bolshoi Opera made a successful debut at the Festival in New York
Last Saturday the Bolshoi Opera made a successful debut at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. This was the first time that the Bolshoi Opera participated in this prestigious forum that was founded in 1996; the concert version of "The Tsar's Bride" by N. Rimsky-Korsakov was presented.
By the time the performance started (8 p.m. local time) the Avery Fisher Hall that seats more than 2,5 thousand people, was full. American music fans were very enthusiastic about the Russian opera "The Tsar's Bride" that they were hardly familiar with before. They gave the musicians rounds of applause after arias, duets and ensembles. So when after a beautiful emotional moment there was no such reaction from the audience, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, the music director of the production and a People's Artist of the USSR, who conducted the orchestra, turned to the audience in disbelief; the audience responded to the maestro's gesture with deafening applause.
At the end of the performance that was almost 4 hours long the audience gave the musicians a ten-minutes standing ovation. Local critics claim that this happens very rarely in the USA. This is what Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who has performed in the US since 1956 and, as he says himself, has an eye for such things, said in his interview for ITAR-TASS: "Wonderful audience and great listeners; such a warm and open audience is not something one can see everywhere".
The audience shared their impressions and said: "Everything was wonderful and brilliant". They recognized the work of the orchestra, the choir and the soloists, including Vladimir Matorin, Olga Kulchinskaya, Elchin Azizov, Agunda Kulaeva and other stars of the Bolshoi Theatre.
On Sunday evening "The Tsar's Bride" was performed one more time; the cast was different. It was expected that the house would be full as well; as ITAR-TASS learned, all tickets were sold out.
The Bolshoi Theatre General Director Vladimir Urin is happy with the Bolshoi Theatre's triumph. Nigel Redden, the director of the Lincoln Center Festival, is happy with the successful start of the Bolshoi Theatre guest performances as well.
In his talk with ITAR-TASS M. Redden admitted: "I would say it was a colossal, colossal success. The audience was absolutely concentrated on the music. We expected the orchestra and the choir to be first-class. But it turned out that the young soloists were first-class as well; the performance that they gave was above all praise". Mr. Redden also said that during the intermission he had exchanged opinions with the Metropolitan Opera deputy director, who attended the performance as well. The latter said that "it has been long time" he had seen such "enthusiasm in the audience" and considered that "the Bolshoi Opera has had a great success in New York".
The guest performances continue
After the performance of "The Tsar's Bride" the Bolshoi Theatre continues its guest performances in New York; from July 15th till July 27th ballet productions will be presented. The program includes three titles: "Swan Lake", "Don Quixote" and "Spartacus". The casts star the company's leading soloists: Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Olga Smirnova, Anna Nikulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Semyon Chudin, Artem Ovcharenko, Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Alexander Volchkov, as well as David Hallberg, the first American premier in the Bolshoi's history.
Photo - Olga Kulchinskaya, Agunda Kulaeva and Bogdan Volkov outside the theatre after their performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tsar's Bride". Photo: Katerina Novikova