There was too much ballet for my taste, but as we all know the Russians love ballet... so not much surprise there!
|Tcherniakov talking to the press about his new production -- Ruslan and Lyudmila|
Operatic bits were OK. Placido Domingo did not show up, and I guess Angela Gheorghiu would have done much better if she followed the example and skipped the event too. She did not prepare ONE aria she was supposed to sing there. And it was not some tricky unknown piece that needed a heck of a work to prepare, but it was the Lisa aria from The Queen of Spades. Angie literally appeared with the score in hands and she would look at it like every 5 seconds. She clearly didn't bother to work on the pronunciation either... and so, to me, her appearance was borderline disrespectful (considering the importance of the event, the worldwide coverage...)
Check out here -- her aria starts at 1:37:10. [Note in particular the annoyed looking Galina Vishnevskaya after Miss Gheorghiu finished singing. She didn't clap.]
The same aria would have been gloriously sung by Krassimira Stoyanova, Anja Harteros, Svetlana Ignatovich, or Olga Guryakova, Renée Fleming...
Obviously there was no Anna Netrebko, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Gubanova, or Tatiana Monogarova, Olga Peretyatko... which might partly be due to the Moscow/Petersburg petty quarrels (I speculate!)
But, the most important information to share is that the first new production to be presented at the New Bolshoi, Ruslan and Lyudmila (Руслан и Людмила) will also be broadcast on Arte-TV, in two parts:
Albina Shagimuratova and Mikhail Petrenko.
Three preview photos from the final dress rehearsal of this show (more photos here and a video sneak-peek here):
I've spent some time this morning checking the Russian press web-sites, and to me their coverage of this event is disappointing: it is mostly (exclusively) focused on counting their celebrities who attended the concert. Most of them are unknown to us (ministers, businessmen...) I found only a few photos with the folks you most probably know:
|Right-to-left: Elena Obraztsova, Dmitry Medvedev, Sergei Filin (Bolsh.ballet Dir), and Svetlana Medvedeva|
|Naina Yeltsina, Maya Plisetskaya, and Rodion Shchedrin|
|Mikhail Gorbachev with his granddaughter|