December 19, 2016 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC “A Night in Italy” Subscription Series Vasilisa BERZHANSKAYA, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina MOROZOVA, soprano Agunda KULAEVA, mezzo-soprano Alexey TATARINTSEV, tenor Nikolay DIDENKO, bass The Choir of the V.Popov Academy of Choral Art Conductor – Dmitry KORCHAK Rossini «Guglielmo Tell», Overture «Giovanna d'Arco», cantata for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Orchestration by S. Sciarrino) «Stabat Mater» for soloists, chorus and orchestra BUY TICKET During the last decade Dmitry Korchak's career has taken a brisk rise at the most prestigious opera houses in the world. One of the best tenors, he sings at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and in famous theatres of Europe. However, unwilling to rest on his laurels, the artist has prepared a surprise for his fans: he will appear on the stage with his baton to lead first-class vocalists (noted soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre and the "New Opera", with whom Korchak has already sung on the same stage), a chorus and a symphony orchestra. As a student of outstanding choirmaster Viktor Popov, Dmitry Korchak has had a wide practice of conducting a choir, including that of his Alma Mater – the Academy of Choral Art. At the Moscow Easter Festival in the Cathedral of the Dormition, he conducted Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" using the score donated to his talented pupil by Viktor Popov himself, and this performance was unanimously acclaimed by the press and the audience. Following this success, Dmitry Korchak "launched" as a symphony conductor on the 21st of August, 2016, in Switzerland. At the Festival in Sion (Capital of Valais) in the Cathedral of Our Lady he directed Schubert's Mass in G Major and Rossini's Stabat Mater with fine soloists (including Alexey Tatarintsev), the A. Kozhevnikov Moscow Region Choir and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Perhaps in the near future the musician will join the glorious cohort of singers-conductors, which includes Placido Domingo, Jose Cura, Peter Schreier and others. It is no accident that for his conductor's debut in Moscow Dmitry Korchak's choice fell on the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. It is with this collective that the tenor had made his first steps as a singer, attracting the attention of Vladimir Spivakov. Korchak says that Spivakov was the first to believe in him as the soloist and subsequently admitted him into the circle of his closest stage partners. The concert at the Moscow Performing Arts Centre under Dmitry Korchak's baton will feature works by Gioacchino Rossini. Namely, Stabat Mater, the famous Overture to the opera "Guglielmo Tell" and the rarely performed "Giovanna d'Arco" Cantata written in 1832 for voice and piano. (By this time, all the major operatic masterpieces of Rossini, who declined his career as a composer in his prime years, had already been created.) In 1987, by request of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Cantata was orchestrated by Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino. At the world premiere of the new version in Italia the soloist was Spanish diva Teresa Berganza; whereas the first performer in Russia in 2007 was Polish star Ewa Podleś.