Opera Stars of the 21st Century and the NPR

December 13, 2020 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
Opera Stars of the 21st Century
Singers from the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Program
Elmira Karakhanova, Maria Motolygina, Elizaveta Narsia (soprano)
Maria Barakova, Ulyana Biryukova (mezzo-soprano)
Alexay Kursanov, David Posulikhin (tenor)
Nikolay Zemlyanskikh, Rauf Timergazin, Dmitry Cheblykov (baritone)
Alexey Kulagin, Igor Podoplelov (bass)
Conductor – Alexander Soloviev
Opera and operetta arias and scenes (see below)


On December 13, singers from the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Program will join the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia at the Moscow Performing Arts Centre. Search for and support of young talents has always been among the priorities for Vladimir Spivakov and his collectives, thus, from its very first seasons, the NPR began to cooperate with bright young singers - rising stars of the world opera, whose careers would develop prominently in subsequent years. The maestro and the NPR have regularly introduced new names to the public in Russian regions, also as part of the All-Russian Festival "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ...". In December, the orchestra will follow this tradition together with Alexander Soloviev, the NPR's permanent artistic partner, Bolshoi Theater conductor, who also heads the NPR conductor trainee-group.

The Young Artists Opera Program of the Bolshoi Theater is a very important project that brings together young talented singers from Russia and the CIS countries. They give concerts, take part in opera performances at the Bolshoi, tour and get awards at prestigious vocal competitions. Last year the Program celebrated its 10th anniversary, and its former members now star at leading opera houses worldwide. “I think such projects are more important now than ever. It's like a small factory for the production of something precious and unique. As for the proper interests of young singers, they should be involved into the world of creative mastership, with a lot of interesting work, which would allow them to grow further. Our young singers are striving for it” - says Dmitry Vdovin, artistic director of the Young Artists Opera Program.

Twelve young artists will take part in the “21st Century's Opera Stars” program, including Maria Barakova, the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Glinka International Vocal Competition. At the end of November, the singer made her shining debut as Lyubava in Rimsky-Korsakov's “Sadko”, directed by Dmitry Chernyakov on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater.


Part 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to the opera Il nozze di Figaro
Figaro's aria (“Ehi capitano ... Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso ...”) from the opera Il Nozze di Figaro
Soloist – Igor Podoplelov
Duet of Donna Anna and Don Ottavio (“Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!”) from the opera Don Giovanni
Soloists – Maria Motolygina and David Posulikhin
Dorabella's recitative and aria ("Ah, scostati ... Smanie implacabili ...") from the opera Cosi fan tutte
Soloist – Ulyana Biryukova

Gioacchino Rossini
Don Basilio's aria (“La calunnia è un venticello ...”) from the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia
Soloist – Alexey Kulagin
Isabella's aria (“Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!”) from the opera L'italiana in Algeri
Soloist – Maria Barakova
Duet of Isabella and Taddeo ("Ai capricci della sorte ...") from the opera L'italiana in Algeri
Soloists – Maria Barakova and Dmitry Cheblykov

Gaetano Donizetti
Maria's Rondo (“Chacun le sait, chacun le dit ...”) from the opera La fille du régiment
Soloist – Elizaveta Narsia
Scene and duet of Nemorino and Belcore (“Venti scudi! .. Ai perigli della guerra ...”) from the opera L'elisir d'amore
Soloists – Alexey Kursanov and Rauf Timergazin

Part 2

Mikhail Glinka
Lyudmila's aria (“Oh my fate...”) from the opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila”
Soloist – Elizaveta Narsia

Anton Rubinshtein
The Demon's second romance (“On the Airy Ocean ...”) from the opera “The Demon”
Soloist – Nikolay Zemlyanskikh

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Lel's second song (“How the forest rustles ...”) from the music to A. Ostrovsky's fairy tale “The Snow Maiden”
Soloist – Ulyana Biryukova

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Gryaznoy's Aria (Where are you, the former prowess, gone ...") from the opera "The Tsar's Bride"
Soloist – Rauf Timergazin

Alfredo Catalani
Wally's Aria (“Ebben? .. Ne andrò lontana ...") from the opera La Wally
Soloist – Maria Motolygina

Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Cascara's Romance (“Zazà, piccola zingara ...”) from the opera Zazà
Soloist – Dmitry Cheblykov

Giacomo Puccini
Lauretta's aria (“O mio babbino caro ...”) from the opera Gianni Schicchi
Soloist – Elmira Karakhanova

Charles Gounod
Sappho's Stanzas ("O ma lyre immortelle ...") from the opera Sappho
Soloist – Maria Barakova

Georges Bizet
Toreador Song ("Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre ...") from the opera Carmen
Soloist – Igor Podoplelov

Franz Lehár
Duet of Hanna and Danilo ("Lippen schweigen, 's flüstern Geigen ...") from the operetta Die lustige Witwe
Soloists – Maria Motolygina and Nikolay Zemlyanskikh

Jacques Offenbach
Finale of the operetta La vie parisienne (“Par nos chansons ... En cherchant dans la ville ...”)

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