Met to co-produce with the Bolshoi

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Met to co-produce with the Bolshoi

Post by John F » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:51 am

When the Bolshoi Opera first appeared in the U.S., its productions - all of Russian operas - were mostly Romantic-realistic in style and dated from the Stalin era. Len would have loved them, especially the "Eugene Onegin" which was painterly and quite beautiful. Those days are long past, indeed Russia's major houses no longer hire exclusively Russian directors and designers. So who will stage these three operas? The Times doesn't say and possibly doesn't know.

One thing we do know: the Met's relatively new productions of "Salome" and "Lohengrin" will be gone after only three seasons each. I won't miss the Eurotrash "Salome," nonsensically set in Abu Dhabi or some such Arab metropolis. Robert Wilson's beautiful and distinguished "Lohengrin" is another matter, but it would be hard to cast and expensive to revive, so I understand why we haven't seen it for more than a decade and won't be seeing it again.

Anna Netrebko Will Star in Three Met-Bolshoi Productions
By SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY
OCT. 9, 2017

MOSCOW — Two of the world’s most important opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Theater here, will collaborate on three stagings in coming years, they announced on Monday. The productions — Verdi’s “Aida,” Strauss’s “Salome” and Wagner’s “Lohengrin” — will all star the Russian diva Anna Netrebko.

Vladimir Urin, the Bolshoi’s general director, said in a news conference here that he mentioned his Met counterpart, Peter Gelb, and their negotiations at a meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia last February. Mr. Putin approved the arrangement, which will result in performances from 2019 to 2022. But Mr. Gelb said the collaboration did not constitute true cultural diplomacy since, unlike during the Cold War, Russian and American performers now work together so often. Ms. Netrebko, for example, has been one of the Met’s biggest stars for the past decade.

Mr. Urin said that he and Mr. Gelb were introduced by a Bolshoi adviser: John Berry, the former artistic director of the English National Opera in London, which had developed a healthy co-producing relationship with the Met. “To collaborate with this great theater has been a longtime dream,” Mr. Urin said of the Met in a statement, while Mr. Gelb spoke highly of the Bolshoi’s recently renovated technical facilities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/arts ... tions.html
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Re: Met to co-produce with the Bolshoi

Post by lennygoran » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:52 am

John F wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:51 am
When the Bolshoi Opera first appeared in the U.S., its productions - all of Russian operas - were mostly Romantic-realistic in style and dated from the Stalin era. Len would have loved them, especially the "Eugene Onegin" which was painterly and quite beautiful.
Thanks for the article-I wish I had seen those-I remember summer Lincoln Center Festivals with the Kirov Opera of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre-loved that experience! Regards, Len

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