1st International Opera Festival


ART-BRAND presents the 1st International Festival OPERA APRIORI. It will be held at the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory from February to June 2014 featuring unique voices and programmes rarely or never before heard in Russia:

One of the brightest opera stars, the best dramatic tenor in the world Jonas Kaufmann along with the legendary pianist to accompany him, Helmut Deutsch, will present for the first time in Moscow the chamber programme - "Winterreise" song cycle by Schubert composed upon the verses of Mueller, the music and poetic masterpiece of the Romantic epoque.

Another unique voice belongs to the one of the best baroque music singers in France - Stephanie D'Oustrac. The great-niece of Poulenc will come to Russia for the first time to sing Berlioz's "La Mort de Cleopatre" cantata and "Les nuits d'ete" song cycle accompanied by the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra under Alexander Rudin (supproted by the French Institute and the Embassy of France in Russia).

Crucial event of the Festival is an opera night called "Intellectual Opera: beyond the limits of imagination". It features two operas - Bartok's "The Duke Bluebeard's Castle" (supprorted by the Balassi Institute) with starring Hungarians Ildiko Komlosi (Judith/mezzo-soprano) and Balint Szabo (Duke/bass) and a world premiere of "The Black Monk" by Kurbatov set on Tchekhov's novel with the Bolshoi Theater's singers.

"From the Baroque to Mozart" long-anticipated programme featuring arias and motets from the operas and oratories will be performed by the one of the most celebrated Baroque and bel canto singer, raising opera star Julia Lezhneva (soprano) along with the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra under Alexander Rudin.

Sumi Jo with her technically perfect coloratura soprano will present the new programme called "Sung from the Heart" at the closing concert of the Festival. Handel, Vivaldi, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach, J. Strauss, and Lehar arias will be sung by the Grammy winner accompanied by the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Sladkovsky. The joint grand of Sumi Jo and the general partner of the concert Kia Quoris will be shared between the Moscow Conservatory students and one of the music schools of Moscow as a part pf educational programme of the OPERA APRIORI. 

Because of its sophisticated and well-thought-out programmes featuring the most interesting operatic voices of the day and because of its coherent concept and the meticulous preparation of each concert, this Festival should be regarded as truly original and completely distinct from other annual events. It is bound to find its own special audience.

Furthermore, Festival goes far beyong a presentation of the entire range of vocal music - chamber, oratorical, and operatic pieces from the very birth of the genre to the most contemporary pieces. It presents "meet the artist" programmes, round tables, and master classes.

To read about each concert of the festival in detail please click one of the posters below. A press-release (currently available only in Russian) will open in a new tab of your browser.

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