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The Nutcracker opera to adorn Moscow’s music life

June 09, 2014, 21:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
All the music material will be ready by August
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Choreographer and stage director Alla Sigalova

Choreographer and stage director Alla Sigalova

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MOSCOW, June 09. /ITAR-TASS/. An unusual musical project called Opera Nutcracker was presented in the Russian capital on Monday. Its authors say that Tchaikovsky’s ballet, the Nutcracker, had inspired modern producers to create a new opera masterpiece of the same title and a new international brand. The viewers had a chance to see maquettes of stage decorations and listen to a music fragment of the future opera, which will see the first night at the Moscow Theatre Novaya Opera (New Opera) named after Kolobov on December 24.

“I have always dreamed of staging an opera to the music, which we all know and love since childhood. That is why I have asked a wonderful painter, Pavel Kaplevich, to breathe a new life into this old and kind story,” choreographer and stage director Alla Sigalova told ITAR-TASS.

“Pavel Kaplevich is one of the authors behind the concept. We asked poet Demyan Kudryavtsev to write the text for the new opera. Today, we can sum up the results of our two-year work. The vocal scores and the poetic part are ready,” Sigalova went on to say.

The New Opera’s troupe, including conductor Dmitry Yurovsky, are engaged in the project. Artists Nikolai Simonov and Pavel Kaplevich have prepared fantastic costumes and stage decorations. Music editor Igor Kadomtsev respects every note. All music written by Tchaikovsky for the Nutcracker ballet will be included in the opera without fail. The texts will be translated into English, French and German.

All the music material will be ready by August. The team will get down to serious work in October. The new opera’s best soloists such as tenor Alexei Neklyudov and Andrei Breus will sing the parts of Nutcracker and Drosselmeyer, respectively.

The Moscow government has supported the Opera Nutcracker project.

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