1st International Opera Festival


ART-BRAND Artist Management proudly presents 1st International Opera Festival "OPERA APRIORI". It will be held at the Grand 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 F. Schubert composed upon the verses of W. 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 (mezzo-soprano). Great-niece of F. Poulenc will come to Russia for the first time to sing in H. Berlioz "La Mort de Cleopatre" cantata and "Les nuits d'ete" song cycle accompanied by the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra under Alexander Rudin.

Crucial event of the Festival - an opera night called "Intellectual Opera: beyond the limits of imagination". It features two one-act operas - B. Bartok's "The Duke Bluebeard's Castle" with starring Hungarians Balint Szabo (Duke/bass) and Ildiko Komlosi (Judith/mezzo-soprano) and world premiere of "The Black Monk" by A. Kurbatov.

"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, young opera star Julia Lezhneva (soprano) along with the Musica Viva chamber orchestra under Alexander Rudin.

The technically perfect coloratura soprano Sumi Jo will present for the first time her new programme called "Sung from the Heart" at the closing concert of the Opera Apriori International Festival in Moscow. The arias from the famous operas by Handel, Vivaldi, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach and operettas by Strauss and Lehar will be sung by the Grammy winner accompanied by one of the best orchestra in Russian Federation - Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Sladkovsky. The joint grant of Sumi Jo and general partner of the concert Kia Quoris will be shared between the Moscow Conservatory students and one of the music schools as the part of educational program of the Opera Apriori International Festival.

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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