On 4 December 2014, as part of December Nights, an annual festival celebrating music and visual art, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will host the world premiere of «The Tempest», an opera by an outstanding Russian composer Alexander Alyabyev. The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory will present a concert performance of the opera produced and directed by Petr Tataritsky, a winner of the Person of the Year award. Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and conductor Felix Korobov), Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir (artistic director Alexander Solovyev) and the Bolshoi Theatre leading soloists will also take part in the production.
About the opera
Alyabyev’s «The Tempest» is the only Russian romantic opera inspired by a Shakespearean play.It promises to be a great discovery for the world music community. Since the original Alyabyev’s score was never published and some of the opera’s numbers were lost, the project was dubbed «a restoration experience». The production will feature fragments from the composer’s other works and a number of pieces from the play to define the plot line.
Alexander Alyabyev — a contemporary of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert — is mostly known for his vocal miniatures, however here is recognized as a major composer who was laying the foundation of Russian opera before Glinka. This year marks not only the 450th anniversary of W. Shakespeare, but also 175 years since «The Tempest» was created by A. Alyabyev. Moscow Conservatory pays tribute to this fact and sheds the light on the unexplored reaches of the Russian and British music history, contributing to the dialogue between the two cultures.
A preview will take place on 30 November 2014 at 17:00 in the atrium of the Khlebnyi Dom at the Tsaritsyno Museum and Reserve. The concert version will also be performed on 22 December 2014 at the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.