The premiere of the opera Othello staged by renowned director Andrei Konchalovsky will be held on May 30-31 and June 1-2, 2019.
In the final round of its 100th jubilee season, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater (MAMT) is giving the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Othello based on the tragedy of William Shakespeare and directed by prominent Russian stage and film director Andrei Konchalovsky.
May 28 saw the dress rehearsal of the performance.
"The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater presents the latest premiere of its anniversary season - a new stage production of Giuseppe Verdi's Othello. It will be held as part of the 19th season of the Open Art Festival “Cherry Orchard”, - the theater’s publicist, Irina Gorbunova reported.
She explained why the theater selected Othello to complete the anniversary season with.
“First of all, this is the greatest work by the greatest composer, based on the tragedy by the greatest playwright. Secondly, the opera troupe of the Musical Theater has a galaxy of remarkable singers and performers who can cope with the most ambitious challenges today,” – she pointed out.
Thirdly, according to her, the invitation of Andrei Konchalovsky, who has experience in staging performances at the world’s major opera houses, promises a great-scale stage production. Moreover, the opera’s set designer, Matt Dili from Britain, has worked not only at drama and opera theaters, but was also engages in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
The musical director of the opera is Felix Korobov, the principal conductor of the Moscow Academic Music Theatre. The title part is being rehearsed by Arsen Soghomonyan and Nikolai Erokhin, the party of Desdemona – by Hibla Gerzmava, Elena Guseva and Natalya Petrozhitskaya, and that of Iago - by Anton Zarayev and Alexey Shishlyaev.
New Stage Production
“The role of the stage director in the opera genre requires humility,” – Andrei Konchalovsky said. “My task is, first of all, not to deprive the listener of the music that this art exists for, especially when you stage an opera by a genius composer. The difficulty is that the visuals in the opera don’t have to correspond to the way Giuseppe Verdi once saw them. A certain shock is possible here, but only of a kind that wouldn’t destroy the great composer’ musical interpretation of the great dramaturgy”, - the stage director explained.
Felix Korobov shared his opinion in regards of the new performance. “I am very pleased that Verdi’s Othello is returning to the repertoire of our theater. It looks like a very right tribute to our legendary tenor Vyacheslav Osipov. For me, Othello is the memory about Osipov,” - the maestro said.
Hibla Gerzmava performing the part of Desdemona also commented on the new production. She reported that Desdemona is one of her most favorite parts, which was performed by her in various theaters, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and in Dresden. Right before the rehearsals in Moscow, performances with her participation were held in Paris.
“Desdemona is similar to me in terms of voice, temperament, and character. She is strong, infinitely in love with Othello, passionate and tender at the same time. Her part is endlessly deep, and I believe that I will have the opportunity to discover it in a new way, both for myself and for my audience”, - Hibla Gerzmava emphasized.
"Of course, I am happy that Othello will be on the stage of my home theater in the jubilee season and I will collaborate with the master of directing, Andrei Konchalovsky. I really want our performance to have a long and happy stage life", - the singer concluded.
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