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OPENING OF THE theatrical season! The Merry Widow

Operetta
Operetta in three acts fy Franz Legar (16+)
The premiere took place on May 29, 2019
Big stage
06 September 2019, Friday, 19:00
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May 29, 30 and 31 on the big stage of the Theatre of Musical Comedy - the premiere operetta "The Merry Widow" Franz Lehar, staged by the Italian director and choreographer Giorgio Madia.

The duel of a beautiful young widow - a woman who defends her love under the onslaught of dowry seekers, and a brilliant life-seeker who gives up positions, surrendering to sincere feeling. Five hundred million dowry widows (the entire gold reserve of her small but proud country) is a stumbling block in the way of lovers. So who will get the hand and millions of the enviable bride? ..

Having first appeared on the scene of the Leningrad Musical Comedy in 1935, "The Merry Widow" has been regularly returning to its poster for more than eighty years. And the new performance is the seventh version of this masterpiece by Franz Lehar, famous throughout the world thanks to the famous cancan (the second most popular after the cancan by J. Offenbach). By the way, in the new performance this dance will be given special attention. After all, the stage director - Giorgio Madia - in the recent past, a successful ballet dancer, and today a sought-after choreographer and creator of more than twenty opera and ballet performances in Germany, Poland and Italy.

“It was a pleasant surprise to receivean offer from Russia. This means that the administration of the theatre is following whatis happening on the international stage. For me, «The MerryWidow» is the gold standard of operetta: a true classic. I love this genre — the mix of lively melodies, comic situations,merry dances, good humor —everything that gives one anopportunity to escape from daily routine and experience anemotional lift. My task as a director and choreographer is to preserve the sensuality and elegance of the production and at the same time to make the action more dynamic.”

Musical Director and Conductor of the new performance - Honored Artist of Russia Maestro Andrey Alekseev made sure that the ingenious music of Franz Legar sounded for the first time in a long time as close as possible to how it was conceived by the author. The musical score is carefully released from the borrowings used in the last years’s productions. A special highlight of the production will be the longest cancan in the history of "The Merry Widow". According to the director, he tried to follow the original libretto as closely as possible, correcting only a few moments that are not as relevant today: “The modern audience lives at a different pace. My task, as a director and choreographer, is to preserve the sensuality and elegance of the production, and at the same time make the action more dynamic. ”

In addition, the performance promises to be very beautiful, because the decoration for it was created by the famous master of stage design solutions Domenico Franchi (Italy). He has more than 70 performances, starting with classical operas and ending with modern art installations. In his approach to work, Domenico is guided by the idea that set design and costumes are not just decoration, but an active part of the performance, which should help the viewer to feel more deeply what is happening on stage. Its task is to transfer to the Merry Widow an elusive veil of the 1900s era and the Art Nouveau Golden Age.

Leading soloists, choir and ballet artists, as well as the theater orchestra take part in the performance.

Staging group:

Libretto by Victor Leon and Leo Stein (based on the play «L’Attaché d’Ambassade» by Henri Meilhac

Russian text — V. Mass and M. Chervinsky, as revised by the theatre 
Lyrics — S. Volskiy and M. Chervinsky

 

Stage Director and choreographer - Giorgio Madia (Italy)

Musical Director and Conductor - Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Alekseev

Scenographer - Domenico Franchi (Italy)

Assistant of scenographer (costumes) - Filippo Guggia (Italy)

Conductor - Dmitry Savenkov

Lighting Designer - Denis Solntsev

Director - Ekaterina Aronova

Assistant to the director - Sofia Krylova

Assistants to choreographer - Ivan Dryomin, Galina Ryzhikova

Choirmaster - Evgeny Takmakov

Characters and Performers:
Hanna Glawari

Natalia Savchenko
laureate of International competition

Count Danilo

Oleg Korzh

Baron Zeta

Alexander Bayron
honoured artist of Russia,
laureate of "Golden sofit" award

Valencienne

Anastasia Loshakova
laureate of International competition

Camille de Rosillon

Fedor Osipov
laureate of International competition

Njegus

Vladimir Yakovlev
national artist of Russia
laureate of "Golden Sofit" award

Cascada

Roman Vokuev
laureate of International competition

St Brioche

Alexander Lenogov
laureate of International competition

Kromow

Vasiliy Glukhov

Bogdanovitch

Victor Chubarov

Praskowia

Elena Zabrodina
honoured artist of Russia

Sylvia

Maria Reshavskaya

Olga

Anastasia Simanskaya

Pritschitsch

Alexander Shaporov