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Bolshoi, Met Opera to stage three joint productions in 2021-2022

These are Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida, Richard Strauss’ Salome and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

SAINT PETERSBURG, November 15. /TASS/. The Bolshoi Theater and Metropolitan Opera are preparing three joint projects, set to be staged in Moscow and New York in 2021-2022, the Bolshoi’s director general Vladimir Urin told reporters at the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum on Thursday.

"We have just recently finished talks with the Met, agreeing about three joint projects in 2021-2022, namely Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida, Richard Strauss’ Salome and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin," he added.

Urin also said that Aida would be staged at the Met before coming to the Bolshoi, while the other two productions will first be presented in Moscow.

A handful of Russian artists, particularly soprano Anna Netrebko, continually perform abroad, the theatre’s head stated. He pointed out that this should not be regarded as a "leap to freedom" but quite the contrary, as promotion of Russia and its cultural achievements overseas.

"Each of us work to break down the barriers of distrust. If everyone does that based on their talent and capabilities, we will understand and perceive each other better, bringing those barriers tumbling down," Urin emphasized.

The 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum will be held on November 15-17. It comprises a business program and an entertainment portion designed for the locals and tourists. The forum’s business block is made up of 14 sections, dedicated to museums, theater, circus, cinema, literature, tourism, arts and crafts, cultural heritage preservation, etc.

TASS is the host of the Mass Communication section, the general information partner and the official photo host of the event. Pictures taken by TASS photojournalists are available for viewing and free high-resolution download at culturalforum2018.tassphoto.com.