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Media Release: October 5, 2012 in Dance, Music, Theatre |

For the first time in Australia
Russia’s finest opera singers in a seamless theatrical presentation
Moscow Novaya Opera Soloists and Orchestra
with dancers from the Russian Imperial Ballet

Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane
From 4 April 2013
Tickets On Sale Monday 8 October — Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Tickets On Sale Thursday 11 October — Perth, Newcastle, Canberra

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One of Russia’s best opera companies Moscow Novaya Opera is proud to present Operamania. With a wonderful selection of music by the world’s most celebrated composers including Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Bellini and Johann Strauss, Moscow Novaya Opera will take you on a journey highlighting some of themost loved operas of all time including The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Carmen and many more in a seamless semistaged theatrical presentation.

Featuring ten dynamic soloists and four classical ballet dancers in full costume and a brilliant 44 piece symphony orchestra direct from Moscow, Operamania will delight the most seasoned music lovers as well as first time opera-goers. Performing in Operamania are — Andrey Breus (baritone), Oleg Dolgov (tenor), Andrey Fetisov (bass), Igor Golovatenko (baritone), Galina Koroleva (soprano), Alexander Martynov (baritone), Tatyana Pechnikova (soprano), Irina Romishevskaya (mezzo soprano), Tatyana Tabachuk (mezzo soprano), Elena Terentieva (soprano), with Ekaterina Kolpakova (pianist), and Vasily Valitov (conductor).

Dancers from the Russian Imperial Ballet are — Yaroslava Araptanova, Igor Davydov, Anna Pashkova, Alexander Volkov. This will be the first time that a Russian Opera Company has toured to Australia.

Operamania has been staged by Valery Raku Resident Stage Director for Moscow Novaya Opera. Valery Raku said

This program, made up of an uninterrupted series of excerpts carefully chosen to move between comedy, tragedy and lyricism, is performed by singers and dancers in full costume, against a background of colourful lighting and moving images that illustrate the character of the music, and to the accompaniment of the orchestra. The items are short and flow without pause from one to the next in a fast-moving production that offers a kaleidoscope of many of the best-known and most-loved pieces from opera, ballet and symphonic music and reflects their depth and diversity.

Valery Raku is renowned in Russia as a director of opera. He has been chief director of the Tatar Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, artistic director of the Chaliapin International Opera Festival, and the Chaliapin International Contest of Opera Singers. In 1991, he organized the Wagner International Festival in Kazan. Valery Raku has staged over forty opera productions in different theatres of Russia, including Novosibirsk, Saratov, Ufa, Volgograd, Izhevsk, Voronezh, Kazan and others. Many of his productions are still part of the repertoire of those theatres. Valery Raku joined the Moscow Novaya Opera Theatre in 1994. His productions for that company include Verdi’s I due Foscari, Catalani’s La Wally, Thomas’s Hamlet and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden.

Moscow Novaya Opera Orchestra, in addition to playing for Moscow Novaya Opera, appears frequently in concert, playing in the best halls in Russia such as the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and many more. The Orchestra often performs in concert with Moscow Novaya Opera’s soloists, choir and guest musicians. They have toured to Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Germany. Jointly with the Imperial Russian Ballet they toured in Turkey, Finland, Singapore, Thailand and Estonia. Vasily Valitov will conduct the performances of Operamania. Following an international career conducting symphony orchestras and opera, Vasily joined Moscow Novaya Opera in 2010, and since that time he has conducted operas including Offenbach’s A Dinner Party with Italians, Prokofiev’s The Ugly Duckling, Peter and the Wolf, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Borodin’s Prince Igor, and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Season Details

Tickets On Sale Monday 8 October – Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Tickets On Sale Thursday 11 October – Perth, Newcastle, Canberra

Season Thursday 4 April & Friday 5 April at 7.30pm
Venue Adelaide Festival Theatre, Festival Drive, off King William Road, Adelaide
Tickets from $45
Bookings BASS 131 246 or
Season Sunday 7 April, Monday 8 April & Tuesday 9 April at 7.30pm
Venue Perth Concert Hall, 5 St. George’s Terrace, Perth
Tickets from $69
Bookings Ticketek 1300 795 012 or
Season Saturday 13 April, Tuesday 16 April & Wednesday 17 April at 7.30pm
Venue Sydney Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
Tickets from $135
Bookings City Recital Hall Angel Place 02 8256 2222 or
Season Sunday 14 April at 3pm and 7.30pm
Venue Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Tickets from $99
Bookings Ticketek 1300 795 012 or
Season Friday 19 April & Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm
Venue Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Tickets from $79
Bookings Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 182 183 or
Season Tuesday 23 April & Wednesday 24 April at 7.30pm, & Thursday 25 April at 2pm
Venue Llewellyn Hall, ANU, William Herbert Place (off Childers St.), Canberra
Tickets from $49
Bookings Ticketek 1300 795 012 or
Season Sunday 28 April at 2pm & 7.30pm
Venue Concert Hall, QPAC, Melbourne Street, Brisbane
Tickets from $59
Bookings QPAC 136 246 or

Repertoire (subject to change)

Part I

  • Bizet. Carmen: Overture
  • Bizet. Carmen: Habanera and the Toreador’s Song
  • Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No 1 (Op. 25 Movement 1): excerpt
  • Piano Medley
    Chopin: Waltzes, Op. 64 No 2 in C-sharp minor and Op. 69 No 1 in A-flat major
    Liszt. Liebesträume
    Rachmaninov. Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No 2 (excerpt)
  • Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker: Spanish Dance
  • Rossini. The Barber of Seville: Figaro’s Cavatina
  • Puccini. Turandot: Calàf’s Aria, or Bizet. The Pearl Fishers: Nadir’s Romance
  • Mozart. The Magic Flute, KV 620: Papageno’s Aria and Terzetto
  • Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker: Pas de deux (Adagio)
  • Strauss. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214
  • Rossini. The Italian Girl in Algiers: Septet

Part II

  • Saint-Saëns: The Dying Swan
  • Strauss. Thunder and Lighting Polka
  • Verdi. Rigoletto: The Duke’s Song
  • Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker: Russian Dance ‘Trepak’
  • Tchaikovsky. Iolanta: Robert’s Aria
  • J. Strauss Sr. Radetzky March, Op. 228
  • Bellini. Norma: Norma’s Cavatina
  • Gounod. Faust: Mephistopheles’ Serenade
  • Verdi. Sicilian Vespers: Elena’s Bolero
  • Puccini. Tosca: Cavaradossi’s Aria or Gounod. Romeo and Juliet: Romeo’s Cavantina
  • Tchaikovsky. The Sleeping Beauty: Grand Adage
  • Mozart Medley
    Excerpts from Piano Concerto No 21: Andante, Symphony No 40: Movement 1, Serenade No 13, A Little Night Music and The Marriage of Figaro: Overture.
  • Mozart. The Magic Flute: The Queen of the Night’s Aria
  • Offenbach. The Tales of Hoffmann: Olympia’s Song
  • Strauss. Die Fledermaus: Ensemble and Finale

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