'Russian Seasons' keep on webcasting the best concerts, stage productions, ballet performances, and symphony concerts. This week, Russian culture buffs will be able to watch yet another concert of the Capella of St. Petersburg, a regular participant of 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons', and enjoy the performance of a poetic tale written by Catherine II herself.
On Tuesday, January 19, viewers of the 'Russian Seasons' will be able to enjoy the reconstruction of the opera 'Gorebogatyr'Kosometovič' ('The Unfortunate Hero Kosmetovich'), written in 1789 to a libretto by Catherine the Great by the famous Spanish composer Vicente Martín y Soler. As it is known, the Empress was not only an outstanding ruler but also a talented writer. She was a great opera enthusiast and penned librettos for five operas. For Catherine the Great, this sublime genre was not entertainment but rather an important symbol of her polity, the enlightened absolutism. The ruler wrote this light comedy tale in verse, 'Gorebogatyr' Kosometovič' , for her grandchildren, the Grand Dukes Alexander and Constantine. The tale gave the basis for the opera, which the royal grandchildren loved so much that they were singing arias from it by heart. 'Gorebogatyr' Kosometovič' is a send-up of the Empress' cousin Gustav III, King of Sweden; the main idea of the tale was to show the difference between the good taste and the bad one. The opera's reconstruction was carried out by the baroque ensemble 'Soloists of Catherine the Great' alongside the 'Angiolini's St. Petersburg Ballet'. The famous violinist Andrei Penyugin acted as the musical director of the opera. The director of the baroque gesture Daniil Vedernikov , the German master of baroque plastique and dance Klaus Abromeit , as well as the art director of the ensemble, Russian musician and expert in Russian historical phonetics Andrei Reshetin took part in the reconstruction - it was he who subtly transformed the 18th century text, by parsing intonations and phrases partially addressed to the audience. For the first time ever, a modern rendition of the opera 'Gorebogatyr' Kosometovič' took place 6 years ago at the Earlymusic Festival of Old Music at the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg that was constructed by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi by order of Catherine the Great, specifically for staging operas. It was in this very theatre that the first premiere of the opera took place more than two centuries ago.
On Thursday, January 21 , aconcert given by the Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg will be streamed on the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' online platform. The People's Artist of the USSR, winner of the State Prize of Russia Vladislav Chernushenko will be the conductor. The festive concert program includes instrumental and choral music by Georgy Sviridov, including pieces from musical illustrations to the Alexander S. Pushkin's story 'The Blizzard', works by Austrian composer and conductor Franz von Suppé, prominent Soviet and Russian composers Isaak Dunaevsky, Gennady Gladkov, Viktor Pleshak, as well as Russian folk songs in an outstanding performance delivered by the oldest Singing Capella of St. Petersburg whose history dates back to 1479.
'Russian Seasons have succeeded to bring to life the brilliant idea of communication through music in their project 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons'. The Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Capella, the oldest musical institution in Russia, had the honor and creative joy of participating in it, to appeal to viewers and listeners from all over the world with their Russian musical message, with the hope of touching their hearts and souls with kind affection. Being as music is a secret language with which God has endowed only people and birds; the language of light, kindness and love,' muses the People's Artist of the USSR, winner of State Prizes of Russia, Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg Vladislav Chernushenko.
The webcasts start at 8pm Moscow time.