Behind the Scenes

Valeri Nistratov

Published on 08/06/12

© Valeri Nistratov

Mozart’s opera “Don Gio­vanni” in Bolshoi Theater, led by Greek con­ductor Teodor Kourentzis and prize-winning dir­ector Dmitry Tcherniakov.

The Bolshoi Opera hosts the Rus­sian pro­duc­tion of a new, mod­ern ver­sion of the 18th cen­tury Moz­art clas­sic “Don Gio­vanni”, a pro­duc­tion which garnered mixed reviews when per­formed first at the Fest­ival Inter­na­tional D’art Lyrique d’ Aix-en-Provence in July.
The con­tem­por­ary sta­ging of the clas­sic opera by Wolfgang Moz­art is a joint pro­duc­tion of the Bolshoi, the French fest­ival, Teatro Real of Mad­rid and the Cana­dian Opera Com­pany.
The pro­duc­tion, which has faced cri­ti­cism for tinker­ing with a famil­iar, much-loved opera, is a depar­ture for the Bolshoi Opera orches­tra as well, as it usu­ally per­forms a 19th cen­tury rep­er­toire.
Teodor Cur­rentzis, who con­ducts the musi­cians through the score, said he was impressed with the orchestra’s grasp of the chal­len­ging Baroque period music.


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