Festival “Boldino autumn”

The only festival of Opera and ballet art, devoted to A. S. Pushkin on the right carries a great symbolic name and is held at the Nizhny Novgorod land, because here in the Pushkin family estate, where Alexander came in 1830, in 1933 and 1934, there was a poetic miracle that gave the world Boldino fall of the great poet.

“The idea of Pushkin’s beautiful music festival. Its name is also justified, as Boldin is associated one of the brightest periods of Pushkin. It is difficult to imagine a Russian musical culture without Pushkin. I want to wish the new festival of good fortune, because these musical feasts in any form impulsebuy the interest of the viewer, the listener” — admonished “Boldino autumn” party of the first festival (1986) people’s artist of Russia, conductor of the Bolshoi theatre Fuat Mansurov.

“I think the festival “Boldino autumn” is destined to live long, for inexhaustible works of Pushkin, which formed the basis of already written pieces of music. And many of Pushkin’s stories can be the basis for the creation of new operas and ballets. Any reading of Pushkin — a good brand, half successful, the pilot still has much to offer, especially for people involved in theatre, art lovers”, — Nikolay Alas, Professor, honored worker of arts of Russia.

“We are not divided within the CIS or something else, Pushkin is not divided, he is our common. He’s the soul of all of us, but he is above us — the phenomenon of the cosmic order. With these thoughts I went to Boldin scene, I go for Boldin earth, these same thoughts are filled every time touch his creativity” — Anatoly Solovyanenko, people’s artist of the UssR.

First was the idea

The first festival was held in 1986, and from the second, which took place in 1988, “Boldino autumn” is held annually.

The festival has its own history and good traditions, but in the beginning was the idea. She soared above the theatre from the first days of his life. It is no accident that after “Prince Igor”, which on 24 October 1935 first opened in Nizhny Novgorod inpatient Opera and ballet theatre, October 26, viewers saw a production of Eugene Onegin. Not by chance in the repertoire of the Decade, dedicated to the memory of the poet and held in the second season, already included the Opera “Eugene Onegin”, “mermaid” and “Boris Godunov”. On 10 February, on the second day of the Decade, which can be considered the prototype of the festival “Boldino autumn”, the theatre received the name of Alexander Pushkin.

The festival invites

The festival invites musicians, conductors and composers, choreographers and artists of Opera and ballet artists, Directors, musicians and theatre critics, journalists — all those who in their work and activities appeal to Pushkin. All-Russian status, he has essentially become all-Union, and, starting with the sixth, is International. In “Boldino autumn” was attended by guests from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, Kiev, Kazan, Riga, Lvov, Saratov, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Cheboksary, Syktyvkar, Odessa. To our holiday came from Spain, USA, Poland, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Italy, Czech Republic, Montenegro.

Pushkin theatre

We have put almost all of the classic Pushkin Opera and performed a stage reading of contemporary works of art created on Pushkin’s stories. “Aleko” By S. Rachmaninoff first time in our theater staged in 1943, outstanding Director Boris Pokrovsky, who in 1937, immediately after GITIS, was invited in Nizhny Novgorod (then Gorky) theatre of Opera and ballet and from 1940-1943, he was its chief Director.

“Pushkin’s repertoire of” theatre from 1935 to 2003 included 69 performances, the poster includes the 27 names. Were put the Opera “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky (1935, 1938, 1942, 1946, 1952, 1968, 1980, 1999), “mermaid” by A. Dargomyzhsky (1937, 1944, 1953, 1984), “Boris Godunov” by M. Mussorgsky (1937, 1952, 1968, 1994, “Dubrovsky” E. Napravnik (1937, 1946, 1965), “the Queen of spades” (1938, 1941, 1947, 1954, 1986) and “Mazeppa” (1938, 1949, 1966, 1991) P. Tchaikovsky, “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by M. Glinka (1943), “Aleko” (1943, the first production in the country after the revolution, 1975, 1992 — in concert) and “the Miserly knight” (1943, 1996) S. Rachmaninoff, “the Golden Cockerel” (1955) N. Rimsky-Korsakov, “the Stone guest” by A. Dargomyzhsky (1963, 1997, Italy), “Ah Yes, Blockhead!” B. Kravchenko (1974, the first stage reading, 1999), “Count Nulin” and “the Feast during the plague” by A. Nikolaev(1983, first stage reading), “Mozart and Salieri” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s (1987, 2002), “the Tale of the dead Princess and seven knights” V. Pleshak (1989, first stage reading), “Mavra” by I. Stravinsky (2002, for the first time in N. Novgorod); the operetta “Akulina” N. Kovner (1964).

In 1993 hosted the first performance of the cantata of the Russian composer Boris Getselev “Keep me, my talisman”. In 2001 made music composition based on the poem by A. S. Pushkin and the Opera by Mikhail Glinka “Ruslan and Lyudmila”, concert composition according to Opera M. Mussorgsky “Boris Godunov” (1994), musical-literary composition according to simfonicheskoj Suite G. Sviridov, and A. Pushkin’s story “Blizzard” (1996), the theatrical performance “Pushkin’s garland” (1999 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of A. S. Pushkin. Staged the ballet “the fountain of Bakhchisarai” by B. Asafiev (1937, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1978, 1988), “the Gypsies” by S. Vasilenko (1938), “Dubrovsky” — music V. Kikta, choreography by A. Badrak (1984, the first stage of reading), “Blizzard” on the music by G. Sviridov, choreography by A. Badrak (1986, the first stage reading), “the bronze horseman” to the music of R. Glier, choreography B. Budarina (1993, first stage incarnation), “captain’s daughter” — T. Khrennikov’s music, choreography by V. Butrimovich (2003, the first stage incarnation).

Foreign preludes

Two festivals were preceded by foreign preludes: in 1995, at the time of the Boldino autumn, the Pushkin celebration began touring in Germany. Then the performances of “Boris Godunov” and “Mazeppa” triumph took place in 10 cities in North Rhine-Westphalia; in 1998, the Rome Philharmonic premiere co-productions of the Opera A. Dargomyzhsky’s the Stone guest, made from our Roman theatre and Academic Philharmonic.

The main idea of the festival is to present the life of the classic works of Pushkin stories in musical theaters in the country and present new stage readings of works by Pushkin by our contemporaries.

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