The choir, orchestra and soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre, performing under their musical director and chief conductor Tugan Sokhiev, will perform for the first time at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France). They will give a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.
This April, on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre the International Opera Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France) featured the most significant performances of recent seasons, the new opera by George Benjamin Written on Skin and Trauernacht, a stage performance of J.S. Bach cantatas, directed by Katie Mitchell, one of the most sought-after stage directors. Although the memories and impressions of the performances, which attract considerable interest in Moscow, are still perceptible, the Bolshoi Theatre is preparing a return visit to Aix, as a follow up to such successfully launched cooperation. On July 19, at the Grand Théâtre de Provence (a relatively new stage was inaugurated in July 2007 to accommodate the increasing numbers of opera connoisseurs coming to Aix-en-Provence each year) Bolshoi's soloists, choir and orchestra, under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev, will present Russian classics, Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin in a concert performance. The cast included leading soloists Anna Nechaeva, Igor Golovatenko, Bogdan Volkov, soloists Svetlana Shilova, Maria Gavrilova, Stanislav Mostovoy, Goderdzi Janelidze and the soloist of the Bolshoi’s Young artists opera program Evgenia Asanova; Prince Gremin’s part will be performed by Estonian bass Ain Anger, the soloist of Vienna State Opera.

The cooperation of the Bolshoi and Aix-en-Provence Festival doesn’t come to an end here. Next 242nd season will see a Bolshoi Theatre-Aix-en-Provence Festival co-production of Handel’s Alcina. Thus the Bolshoi accustoms its audience to the baroque opera: Alcina "inherits" Rodelinda, a remarkable production which Moscow saw thanks to the creative alliance with a major opera house, the English National Opera. The Bolshoi premiered Rodelinda in the winter of 2015, and a little earlier, in the summer of the same year, at the festival in Aix-en-Provence there was the premiere of Alcina, production by Katie Mitchell. Undoubtedly, all Russian opera connoisseurs will be waiting impatiently for its move to Moscow.

Tour’s Programme

Grand Théâtre de Provence
July 19, 20:00

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Opera in a concert performance

Eugene Onegin: Igor Golovatenko
Tatiana: Anna Nechaeva
Olga: Evgenia Asanova
Filippievna, the nurse: Svetlana Shilova
Madame Larina: Maria Gavrilova
Vladimir Lensky: Bogdan Volkov
Triquet: Stanislav Mostovoy
Prince Gremin: Ain Anger
Zaretsky, Captain: Goderdzi Janelidze

Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev