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January 21, SA
Evening:   The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)   Performance information
The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in two acts
Libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New choreographic version: Yuri Grigorovich (2011)
Scenery: ezio Frigerio
Music Director: Vassily Sinaisky
Costume Designer - Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Designer - Vinicio Cheli
The new choreographic version will be premiered on November 18, 2011.

Prologue
In the palace of King Florestan XIV the wedding of his daughter, Princess Aurora, is being celebrated. Master of Ceremonies Catalabutte is checking the invitation list. The Lilac Fairy and Good Fairies appear among the courtiers and the guests coming to congratulate the Princess. They bring the newborn infant gifts, endowing her with the finest human attributes. Suddenly, a great noise is heard. The evil and powerful Carabosse Fairy drives into the ballroom with her repulsive suite. They forgot to invite her to the wedding. An irate Carabosse predicts that Aurora will die young from pricking her finger with a knitting spindle. But the Lilac Fairy intervenes: she predicts that the forces of good will neutralize the sinister spell. With a peremptory gesture, she forces Carabosse to leave the palace.

Act I
It is Princess Aurora s sixteenth birthday. Four foreign princes have come to ask for her hand. At the height of the festivities, an old woman with a knitting spindle appears at the Princess s side. Trustful Aurora takes it and continues to dance. Suddenly, she stops dancing and looks with horror at her finger which she has accidentally pricked with the spindle. Overcome by deadly cold, Aurora falls to the ground. The unknown old woman throws off her hood - it is the Carabosse Fairy! Her curse has come to pass. Whirling around maliciously, she disappears with a cackle. But the Lilac Fairy appears on the scene - she has the power to mitigate the evil spell. Aurora is not dead - she has fallen asleep. She will be brought back to life by the passionate kiss of a handsome Prince. The Lilac Fairy plunges the whole kingdom into a deep sleep.

Act II
Scene 1
Surrounded by grandees, Prince Desire is whiling away the time in the royal park. He is overcome by melancholy. And, as if in answer to his call, the Lilac Fairy appears before him. She summons up a vision of Aurora, surrounded by divine beings - the Nereids. The enchanted Prince hurries after the beautiful image but, at the wave of the Lilac Fairy s wand, it vanishes. Desire implores the Lilac Fairy to search for the beautiful maiden. And the Lilac Fairy invites the Prince to sail in her magic craft to the bewitched castle.

Scene 2
Gloom and desolation reign in the sleeping kingdom. It is guarded by the evil Carabosse Fairy. The Lilac Fairy and Prince Desire rapidly approach the castle. The wicked old woman and her suite try to conceal Aurora but, in vain - the Prince catches sight of the sleeping beauty. Completely won over by her charm, the Prince tenderly kisses the Princess - and the evil spell is broken! Carabosse and her suite vanish. Aurora wakes up and the royal kingdom comes to life too. As soon as the Princess sets eyes on her deliverer, love is born in her heart. Desire asks the King and Queen for their daughter s hand in marriage.

epilogue
Fairy-tale characters have come to Aurora and Desire s wedding: Princess Florine and Blue Bird, The White Cat and Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gray Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Fortune. The Prince and Princess dance in a harmonious and solemn duet. The Lilac Fairy and her suite bless the happy couple.

Video
Evening:   Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)   Performance information
Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Lyric Scenes
Performed with one interval
Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky based on Alexander Pushkin's novel in verses of the same name
Music Director: Alexander Vedernikov
Stage Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Set Designer: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costume Designer
: Maria Danilova
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

SYNOPSIS

Scene 1
Madame Larina. Her daughters: Tatiana, Olga. Nurse. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Neighbors, guests.
The Larins' home.
Lensky, a neighbor of the Larins and Olga's bridegroom, unexpectedly brings his friend Onegin, recently arrived from the capital, to visit them. The unknown guest causes a kerfuffle in the daily routine of the Larin household: no one hides their interest in him. Onegin doubts in the wisdom of his friend's choice. The meeting with Onegin has made a deep impression on Tatiana.

Scene 2
Tatiana. Nurse.
Night-time.
Noticing Tatiana's agitation, her nurse tries to distract her and calm her down. Left alone, Tatiana writes a letter to Onegin. She sees him as her chosen one. At dawn, Tatiana asks her nurse to deliver the letter to Onegin.

Scene 3
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Day-time.
Tatiana anxiously awaits an answer to her declaration of love. Onegin arrives. He is touched by Tatiana's sincerity, but cannot reciprocate her feelings.

Scene 4
Madame Larina. Tatiana. Olga. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Nurse. Zaretsky. Neighbors, guests.
Tatiana's Name-day.
Lensky has persuaded Onegin to pay another visit to the Larins. But he is irritated by everything. Deciding to punish Lensky for bringing him, he demonstratively flirts with Olga. Olga's prompt response to Onegin's advances, afflicts Lensky. He picks a quarrel with Onegin and challenges him to a duel.

Scene 5
Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Zaretsky. Guillot.
Morning.
Lensky awaits Onegin. He thinks with pain and anguish about his life. Onegin, who arrives late, is reluctant to take the conflict to its conclusion. Both men feel privately that they have acted rashly. But it is too late, there is no going back. A shot is fired, Lensky is fatally wounded.

Scene 6
Eugene Onegin. Tatiana. Prince Gremin. Guests.
Several years later.
After a long absence, Onegin has returned to life in the capital and meets Tatiana. She is married and social life in the capital now revolves round her. The transformation in Tatiana and the fact she is now out of reach arouse mad passion in Onegin.

Scene 7
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Onegin manages to obtain a meeting with Tatiana. His words ring with repentance and regret. Demanding that his passion be reciprocated, he extorts from Tatiana the admission that she still loves him.But her decision to stay with her husband is final. Onegin is distraught.

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Video
January 22, SU
Evening:   The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)   Performance information
The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in two acts
Libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New choreographic version: Yuri Grigorovich (2011)
Scenery: ezio Frigerio
Music Director: Vassily Sinaisky
Costume Designer - Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Designer - Vinicio Cheli
The new choreographic version will be premiered on November 18, 2011.

Prologue
In the palace of King Florestan XIV the wedding of his daughter, Princess Aurora, is being celebrated. Master of Ceremonies Catalabutte is checking the invitation list. The Lilac Fairy and Good Fairies appear among the courtiers and the guests coming to congratulate the Princess. They bring the newborn infant gifts, endowing her with the finest human attributes. Suddenly, a great noise is heard. The evil and powerful Carabosse Fairy drives into the ballroom with her repulsive suite. They forgot to invite her to the wedding. An irate Carabosse predicts that Aurora will die young from pricking her finger with a knitting spindle. But the Lilac Fairy intervenes: she predicts that the forces of good will neutralize the sinister spell. With a peremptory gesture, she forces Carabosse to leave the palace.

Act I
It is Princess Aurora s sixteenth birthday. Four foreign princes have come to ask for her hand. At the height of the festivities, an old woman with a knitting spindle appears at the Princess s side. Trustful Aurora takes it and continues to dance. Suddenly, she stops dancing and looks with horror at her finger which she has accidentally pricked with the spindle. Overcome by deadly cold, Aurora falls to the ground. The unknown old woman throws off her hood - it is the Carabosse Fairy! Her curse has come to pass. Whirling around maliciously, she disappears with a cackle. But the Lilac Fairy appears on the scene - she has the power to mitigate the evil spell. Aurora is not dead - she has fallen asleep. She will be brought back to life by the passionate kiss of a handsome Prince. The Lilac Fairy plunges the whole kingdom into a deep sleep.

Act II
Scene 1
Surrounded by grandees, Prince Desire is whiling away the time in the royal park. He is overcome by melancholy. And, as if in answer to his call, the Lilac Fairy appears before him. She summons up a vision of Aurora, surrounded by divine beings - the Nereids. The enchanted Prince hurries after the beautiful image but, at the wave of the Lilac Fairy s wand, it vanishes. Desire implores the Lilac Fairy to search for the beautiful maiden. And the Lilac Fairy invites the Prince to sail in her magic craft to the bewitched castle.

Scene 2
Gloom and desolation reign in the sleeping kingdom. It is guarded by the evil Carabosse Fairy. The Lilac Fairy and Prince Desire rapidly approach the castle. The wicked old woman and her suite try to conceal Aurora but, in vain - the Prince catches sight of the sleeping beauty. Completely won over by her charm, the Prince tenderly kisses the Princess - and the evil spell is broken! Carabosse and her suite vanish. Aurora wakes up and the royal kingdom comes to life too. As soon as the Princess sets eyes on her deliverer, love is born in her heart. Desire asks the King and Queen for their daughter s hand in marriage.

epilogue
Fairy-tale characters have come to Aurora and Desire s wedding: Princess Florine and Blue Bird, The White Cat and Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gray Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Fortune. The Prince and Princess dance in a harmonious and solemn duet. The Lilac Fairy and her suite bless the happy couple.

Video
Evening:   Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)   Performance information
Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Lyric Scenes
Performed with one interval
Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky based on Alexander Pushkin's novel in verses of the same name
Music Director: Alexander Vedernikov
Stage Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Set Designer: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costume Designer
: Maria Danilova
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

SYNOPSIS

Scene 1
Madame Larina. Her daughters: Tatiana, Olga. Nurse. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Neighbors, guests.
The Larins' home.
Lensky, a neighbor of the Larins and Olga's bridegroom, unexpectedly brings his friend Onegin, recently arrived from the capital, to visit them. The unknown guest causes a kerfuffle in the daily routine of the Larin household: no one hides their interest in him. Onegin doubts in the wisdom of his friend's choice. The meeting with Onegin has made a deep impression on Tatiana.

Scene 2
Tatiana. Nurse.
Night-time.
Noticing Tatiana's agitation, her nurse tries to distract her and calm her down. Left alone, Tatiana writes a letter to Onegin. She sees him as her chosen one. At dawn, Tatiana asks her nurse to deliver the letter to Onegin.

Scene 3
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Day-time.
Tatiana anxiously awaits an answer to her declaration of love. Onegin arrives. He is touched by Tatiana's sincerity, but cannot reciprocate her feelings.

Scene 4
Madame Larina. Tatiana. Olga. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Nurse. Zaretsky. Neighbors, guests.
Tatiana's Name-day.
Lensky has persuaded Onegin to pay another visit to the Larins. But he is irritated by everything. Deciding to punish Lensky for bringing him, he demonstratively flirts with Olga. Olga's prompt response to Onegin's advances, afflicts Lensky. He picks a quarrel with Onegin and challenges him to a duel.

Scene 5
Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Zaretsky. Guillot.
Morning.
Lensky awaits Onegin. He thinks with pain and anguish about his life. Onegin, who arrives late, is reluctant to take the conflict to its conclusion. Both men feel privately that they have acted rashly. But it is too late, there is no going back. A shot is fired, Lensky is fatally wounded.

Scene 6
Eugene Onegin. Tatiana. Prince Gremin. Guests.
Several years later.
After a long absence, Onegin has returned to life in the capital and meets Tatiana. She is married and social life in the capital now revolves round her. The transformation in Tatiana and the fact she is now out of reach arouse mad passion in Onegin.

Scene 7
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Onegin manages to obtain a meeting with Tatiana. His words ring with repentance and regret. Demanding that his passion be reciprocated, he extorts from Tatiana the admission that she still loves him.But her decision to stay with her husband is final. Onegin is distraught.

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Video
January 24, TU
Evening:   Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)   Performance information
Eugene Onegin (Opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Lyric Scenes
Performed with one interval
Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky based on Alexander Pushkin's novel in verses of the same name
Music Director: Alexander Vedernikov
Stage Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Set Designer: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costume Designer
: Maria Danilova
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

SYNOPSIS

Scene 1
Madame Larina. Her daughters: Tatiana, Olga. Nurse. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Neighbors, guests.
The Larins' home.
Lensky, a neighbor of the Larins and Olga's bridegroom, unexpectedly brings his friend Onegin, recently arrived from the capital, to visit them. The unknown guest causes a kerfuffle in the daily routine of the Larin household: no one hides their interest in him. Onegin doubts in the wisdom of his friend's choice. The meeting with Onegin has made a deep impression on Tatiana.

Scene 2
Tatiana. Nurse.
Night-time.
Noticing Tatiana's agitation, her nurse tries to distract her and calm her down. Left alone, Tatiana writes a letter to Onegin. She sees him as her chosen one. At dawn, Tatiana asks her nurse to deliver the letter to Onegin.

Scene 3
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Day-time.
Tatiana anxiously awaits an answer to her declaration of love. Onegin arrives. He is touched by Tatiana's sincerity, but cannot reciprocate her feelings.

Scene 4
Madame Larina. Tatiana. Olga. Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Nurse. Zaretsky. Neighbors, guests.
Tatiana's Name-day.
Lensky has persuaded Onegin to pay another visit to the Larins. But he is irritated by everything. Deciding to punish Lensky for bringing him, he demonstratively flirts with Olga. Olga's prompt response to Onegin's advances, afflicts Lensky. He picks a quarrel with Onegin and challenges him to a duel.

Scene 5
Vladimir Lensky. Eugene Onegin. Zaretsky. Guillot.
Morning.
Lensky awaits Onegin. He thinks with pain and anguish about his life. Onegin, who arrives late, is reluctant to take the conflict to its conclusion. Both men feel privately that they have acted rashly. But it is too late, there is no going back. A shot is fired, Lensky is fatally wounded.

Scene 6
Eugene Onegin. Tatiana. Prince Gremin. Guests.
Several years later.
After a long absence, Onegin has returned to life in the capital and meets Tatiana. She is married and social life in the capital now revolves round her. The transformation in Tatiana and the fact she is now out of reach arouse mad passion in Onegin.

Scene 7
Tatiana. Eugene Onegin.
Onegin manages to obtain a meeting with Tatiana. His words ring with repentance and regret. Demanding that his passion be reciprocated, he extorts from Tatiana the admission that she still loves him.But her decision to stay with her husband is final. Onegin is distraught.

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Video
January 25, WE
Evening:   La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus)   Performance information
La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in three acts.
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New scenic version: Yuri Grigorovich
Scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev used
Sets and costumes after sketches by designers of the first production (1877) revived by Valery Firsov,
Nikolai Sharonov (sets) and Nikolai Sviridchikov (costumes)
Supervisor of scenery and costumes revival: Valery Levental
Music Director: Alexander Kopylov

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Young warriors led by Solor are hunting a tiger. Before entering the forest Solor asks a fakir, named Magedavia, to tell Nikia, a bayadere, that he will wait for her near the temple.
The High Brahmin and priests are solemnly leaving the temple. The feast of worshipping fire begins. Fakirs and votaries of the temple, bayaderes, are performing sacred dances. Beautiful Nikia is among them. She adorns the festival.
Having forgotten about his ordination and vow of celibacy, the High Brahmin tells Nikia that he loves her and promises to place at her feet all the riches of India. Nikia rejects his wooing. She will never love him.
Nikia and other bayaderes give the fakirs water from the sacred pool. Imperceptibly Magedavia tells Nikia that Solor will come to see her. The bayadere is happy.
It is getting dark. Nikia comes to meet her beloved. Their secret rendezvous is guarded by the fakir. But the High Brahmin manages to overhear the conversation of the sweethearts.
Solor proposes that they elope. The bayadere agrees, but first she wants him to vow fidelity to her at the sacred fire. Solor takes the oath. The High Brahmin is infuriated. He appeals to the gods and demands punishment. His revenge will be terrible.
Next morning the rajah Dugmanta, head of the principality, tells his daughter Gamzatti that she will see her fiance that day.
The rajah sends for the fiance. It is the brave warrior Solor. The rajah shows Solor his beautiful daughter and proclaims them bride and groom. The warrior is struck by Gamzatti s beauty. But he remembers the bayadere, his vow to her, and is thrown into confusion.
It is time to hold the ceremony of consecrating Gamzatti's betrothal. Nikia is invited to the palace for the ceremony.
The High Brahmin arrives. He wants to tell the rajah a secret. Dugmanta sends everybody away. Gamzatti feels that the High Brahmin s arrival is somehow connected with her forthcoming marriage and eavesdrops on the Brahmin s conversation with her father.
The High Brahmin tells the rajah about Solor s love for Nikia. Dugmanta is infuriated but doesn t change his mind to give his daughter in marriage to Solor. The bayadere, who made Solor take the oath, must die.The High Brahmin who had wanted to get rid of his rival, didn t expect such a turn of events.
He threatens the rajah with punishment of the Gods for the bayadere s death. But the rajah is unrelenting.
Gamzatti orders her slave to bring Nikia. She sees that the bayadere is very beautiful and can be a dangerous rival. The rajah s daughter tells the bayadere about her forthcoming marriage and invites her to dance at the feast. She deliberately shows her the portrait of her fiance Solor. Nikia protests: Solor loves only her and he made a vow of eternal fidelity. The rajah s daughter demands that Nikia should give up Solor. But the bayadere would rather die than part with Solor. Gamzatti offers her jewels. Nikia throws them away with scorn. Nothing will make her part with her beloved. She raises her dagger in a rage. The slave stops her. But Gamzatti will never give her fiance back.

Act II
A sumptuous feast is being held on the occasion of Solor and Gamzatti s engagement. The bayadere Nikia is supposed to entertain the guests with dances. She can t hide her grief. Her eyes are fixed on her beloved Solor.
The fakir presents Nikia with a basket of flowers on behalf of Solor. The bayadere s dance is filled with happiness. But suddenly a snake crawls out of the flowers and bites her fatally.
Nikia realizes that the rajah s daughter is to blame for her death. The High Brahmin promises to save her life if she will love him. But the bayadere is faithful to her love for Solor. Nikia dies. Solor leaves the feast in despair.

Act III
Solor is inconsolable. He is gnawed by remorse. He enjoins the fakir to distract him from his grievous thoughts. Fascinated by the sacred dance, Solor sinks into the world of dreams.
Shadows appear to him out of the darkness. They are descending from mountains in a long file. Solor sees fair Nikia among them...
Solor comes out of his dazed state and hurries to the temple. He prays to the gods to forgive him. But it s too late. The infuriated gods punish Solor for his betrayal of love. Lightning and thunder destroy the temple. There is no more reality for Solor. He follows the shadow of fair Nikia...

Video
January 26, TH
Evening:   The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky)   Performance information
The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in three acts
Alexander Dargomyzhsky
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin"s play of the same name
Music Director: Anton Grishanin
Stage Director: Dmitry Belyanushkin
Set Designer: Victor Shilkrot
Costume Designer: Irena Belousova
Lighting Designer: Evgeny Vinogradov
Premiered on 11 March 2016
Presented with one interval

Synopsis

Act I

Scene One
Don Juan, banished from Madrid for killing the Commander de Solva, has secretly returned. Accompanied by his servant Leporello, he hides near a monastery outside Madrid. Remembering his past affairs, he plans to get in the city to continue his adventures. The Monk tells him that Dona Anna, the widow of the Commander, visits the cemetery every day. Don Juan sees Dona Anna and feels an urge to get to know her.

Scene Two
Laura is having a party; many of the guests are people she never met before. She entertains them with singing. One of the songs is based on a poem by Don Juan, Laura"s former lover. The quick-tempered Don Carlos gets enraged, which almost ruins the conspiring guests" plan. Laura resumes her singing, but it it clear to her that the guests did not come to hear her songs. Laura makes everyone but Don Carlos leave. Him she seduces and thus learns that there is a conspiracy against Don Juan. Presently Don Juan appears.
Don Carlos insists that the inevitable duel should take place on the spot. Don Juan kills Don Carlos. Laura shows Don Juan a list of conspirators. Their privacy is violated by the conspirators"s assault, but Don Juan manages to escape.

Act II

Don Juan hides in the monastery disguised as a hermit. Dona Anna comes there every day to visit her husband"s grave. Don Juan introduces himself to her as Don Diego. Dona Anna agrees to receive him at her place the next day. Leporello tries to warn his master by hinting that the Commander"s death was not forgiven and that the trap is set. Don Juan challenges his fate: he invites the Commander, an embodiment of the tyranny and total control, to join him on his next day"s rendezvous. Leporello begs forgiveness for his betrayal, because it is clear for him now that Don Juan knows it was he who brought the conspirators to Laura"s.

Act III

A room at Dona Anna"s. She spent a night with Don Juan, but now he has to leave her. Unable to conceal the truth any longer, he confesses that he killed her husband and that he loves her with all his heart. Dona Anna cannot hate him; instead she realizes that she loves him in return. Don Juan aspires for a new rendezvous, but the men of "the stone guest" have already tracked him down. not surrendering, Don Juan extends his hand to them as a token of love and freedom. They kill him.

Video Web link
Evening:   La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus)   Performance information
La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in three acts.
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New scenic version: Yuri Grigorovich
Scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev used
Sets and costumes after sketches by designers of the first production (1877) revived by Valery Firsov,
Nikolai Sharonov (sets) and Nikolai Sviridchikov (costumes)
Supervisor of scenery and costumes revival: Valery Levental
Music Director: Alexander Kopylov

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Young warriors led by Solor are hunting a tiger. Before entering the forest Solor asks a fakir, named Magedavia, to tell Nikia, a bayadere, that he will wait for her near the temple.
The High Brahmin and priests are solemnly leaving the temple. The feast of worshipping fire begins. Fakirs and votaries of the temple, bayaderes, are performing sacred dances. Beautiful Nikia is among them. She adorns the festival.
Having forgotten about his ordination and vow of celibacy, the High Brahmin tells Nikia that he loves her and promises to place at her feet all the riches of India. Nikia rejects his wooing. She will never love him.
Nikia and other bayaderes give the fakirs water from the sacred pool. Imperceptibly Magedavia tells Nikia that Solor will come to see her. The bayadere is happy.
It is getting dark. Nikia comes to meet her beloved. Their secret rendezvous is guarded by the fakir. But the High Brahmin manages to overhear the conversation of the sweethearts.
Solor proposes that they elope. The bayadere agrees, but first she wants him to vow fidelity to her at the sacred fire. Solor takes the oath. The High Brahmin is infuriated. He appeals to the gods and demands punishment. His revenge will be terrible.
Next morning the rajah Dugmanta, head of the principality, tells his daughter Gamzatti that she will see her fiance that day.
The rajah sends for the fiance. It is the brave warrior Solor. The rajah shows Solor his beautiful daughter and proclaims them bride and groom. The warrior is struck by Gamzatti s beauty. But he remembers the bayadere, his vow to her, and is thrown into confusion.
It is time to hold the ceremony of consecrating Gamzatti's betrothal. Nikia is invited to the palace for the ceremony.
The High Brahmin arrives. He wants to tell the rajah a secret. Dugmanta sends everybody away. Gamzatti feels that the High Brahmin s arrival is somehow connected with her forthcoming marriage and eavesdrops on the Brahmin s conversation with her father.
The High Brahmin tells the rajah about Solor s love for Nikia. Dugmanta is infuriated but doesn t change his mind to give his daughter in marriage to Solor. The bayadere, who made Solor take the oath, must die.The High Brahmin who had wanted to get rid of his rival, didn t expect such a turn of events.
He threatens the rajah with punishment of the Gods for the bayadere s death. But the rajah is unrelenting.
Gamzatti orders her slave to bring Nikia. She sees that the bayadere is very beautiful and can be a dangerous rival. The rajah s daughter tells the bayadere about her forthcoming marriage and invites her to dance at the feast. She deliberately shows her the portrait of her fiance Solor. Nikia protests: Solor loves only her and he made a vow of eternal fidelity. The rajah s daughter demands that Nikia should give up Solor. But the bayadere would rather die than part with Solor. Gamzatti offers her jewels. Nikia throws them away with scorn. Nothing will make her part with her beloved. She raises her dagger in a rage. The slave stops her. But Gamzatti will never give her fiance back.

Act II
A sumptuous feast is being held on the occasion of Solor and Gamzatti s engagement. The bayadere Nikia is supposed to entertain the guests with dances. She can t hide her grief. Her eyes are fixed on her beloved Solor.
The fakir presents Nikia with a basket of flowers on behalf of Solor. The bayadere s dance is filled with happiness. But suddenly a snake crawls out of the flowers and bites her fatally.
Nikia realizes that the rajah s daughter is to blame for her death. The High Brahmin promises to save her life if she will love him. But the bayadere is faithful to her love for Solor. Nikia dies. Solor leaves the feast in despair.

Act III
Solor is inconsolable. He is gnawed by remorse. He enjoins the fakir to distract him from his grievous thoughts. Fascinated by the sacred dance, Solor sinks into the world of dreams.
Shadows appear to him out of the darkness. They are descending from mountains in a long file. Solor sees fair Nikia among them...
Solor comes out of his dazed state and hurries to the temple. He prays to the gods to forgive him. But it s too late. The infuriated gods punish Solor for his betrayal of love. Lightning and thunder destroy the temple. There is no more reality for Solor. He follows the shadow of fair Nikia...

Video
January 27, FR
Evening:   The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky)   Performance information
The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in three acts
Alexander Dargomyzhsky
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin"s play of the same name
Music Director: Anton Grishanin
Stage Director: Dmitry Belyanushkin
Set Designer: Victor Shilkrot
Costume Designer: Irena Belousova
Lighting Designer: Evgeny Vinogradov
Premiered on 11 March 2016
Presented with one interval

Synopsis

Act I

Scene One
Don Juan, banished from Madrid for killing the Commander de Solva, has secretly returned. Accompanied by his servant Leporello, he hides near a monastery outside Madrid. Remembering his past affairs, he plans to get in the city to continue his adventures. The Monk tells him that Dona Anna, the widow of the Commander, visits the cemetery every day. Don Juan sees Dona Anna and feels an urge to get to know her.

Scene Two
Laura is having a party; many of the guests are people she never met before. She entertains them with singing. One of the songs is based on a poem by Don Juan, Laura"s former lover. The quick-tempered Don Carlos gets enraged, which almost ruins the conspiring guests" plan. Laura resumes her singing, but it it clear to her that the guests did not come to hear her songs. Laura makes everyone but Don Carlos leave. Him she seduces and thus learns that there is a conspiracy against Don Juan. Presently Don Juan appears.
Don Carlos insists that the inevitable duel should take place on the spot. Don Juan kills Don Carlos. Laura shows Don Juan a list of conspirators. Their privacy is violated by the conspirators"s assault, but Don Juan manages to escape.

Act II

Don Juan hides in the monastery disguised as a hermit. Dona Anna comes there every day to visit her husband"s grave. Don Juan introduces himself to her as Don Diego. Dona Anna agrees to receive him at her place the next day. Leporello tries to warn his master by hinting that the Commander"s death was not forgiven and that the trap is set. Don Juan challenges his fate: he invites the Commander, an embodiment of the tyranny and total control, to join him on his next day"s rendezvous. Leporello begs forgiveness for his betrayal, because it is clear for him now that Don Juan knows it was he who brought the conspirators to Laura"s.

Act III

A room at Dona Anna"s. She spent a night with Don Juan, but now he has to leave her. Unable to conceal the truth any longer, he confesses that he killed her husband and that he loves her with all his heart. Dona Anna cannot hate him; instead she realizes that she loves him in return. Don Juan aspires for a new rendezvous, but the men of "the stone guest" have already tracked him down. not surrendering, Don Juan extends his hand to them as a token of love and freedom. They kill him.

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Evening:   La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus)   Performance information
La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in three acts.
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New scenic version: Yuri Grigorovich
Scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev used
Sets and costumes after sketches by designers of the first production (1877) revived by Valery Firsov,
Nikolai Sharonov (sets) and Nikolai Sviridchikov (costumes)
Supervisor of scenery and costumes revival: Valery Levental
Music Director: Alexander Kopylov

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Young warriors led by Solor are hunting a tiger. Before entering the forest Solor asks a fakir, named Magedavia, to tell Nikia, a bayadere, that he will wait for her near the temple.
The High Brahmin and priests are solemnly leaving the temple. The feast of worshipping fire begins. Fakirs and votaries of the temple, bayaderes, are performing sacred dances. Beautiful Nikia is among them. She adorns the festival.
Having forgotten about his ordination and vow of celibacy, the High Brahmin tells Nikia that he loves her and promises to place at her feet all the riches of India. Nikia rejects his wooing. She will never love him.
Nikia and other bayaderes give the fakirs water from the sacred pool. Imperceptibly Magedavia tells Nikia that Solor will come to see her. The bayadere is happy.
It is getting dark. Nikia comes to meet her beloved. Their secret rendezvous is guarded by the fakir. But the High Brahmin manages to overhear the conversation of the sweethearts.
Solor proposes that they elope. The bayadere agrees, but first she wants him to vow fidelity to her at the sacred fire. Solor takes the oath. The High Brahmin is infuriated. He appeals to the gods and demands punishment. His revenge will be terrible.
Next morning the rajah Dugmanta, head of the principality, tells his daughter Gamzatti that she will see her fiance that day.
The rajah sends for the fiance. It is the brave warrior Solor. The rajah shows Solor his beautiful daughter and proclaims them bride and groom. The warrior is struck by Gamzatti s beauty. But he remembers the bayadere, his vow to her, and is thrown into confusion.
It is time to hold the ceremony of consecrating Gamzatti's betrothal. Nikia is invited to the palace for the ceremony.
The High Brahmin arrives. He wants to tell the rajah a secret. Dugmanta sends everybody away. Gamzatti feels that the High Brahmin s arrival is somehow connected with her forthcoming marriage and eavesdrops on the Brahmin s conversation with her father.
The High Brahmin tells the rajah about Solor s love for Nikia. Dugmanta is infuriated but doesn t change his mind to give his daughter in marriage to Solor. The bayadere, who made Solor take the oath, must die.The High Brahmin who had wanted to get rid of his rival, didn t expect such a turn of events.
He threatens the rajah with punishment of the Gods for the bayadere s death. But the rajah is unrelenting.
Gamzatti orders her slave to bring Nikia. She sees that the bayadere is very beautiful and can be a dangerous rival. The rajah s daughter tells the bayadere about her forthcoming marriage and invites her to dance at the feast. She deliberately shows her the portrait of her fiance Solor. Nikia protests: Solor loves only her and he made a vow of eternal fidelity. The rajah s daughter demands that Nikia should give up Solor. But the bayadere would rather die than part with Solor. Gamzatti offers her jewels. Nikia throws them away with scorn. Nothing will make her part with her beloved. She raises her dagger in a rage. The slave stops her. But Gamzatti will never give her fiance back.

Act II
A sumptuous feast is being held on the occasion of Solor and Gamzatti s engagement. The bayadere Nikia is supposed to entertain the guests with dances. She can t hide her grief. Her eyes are fixed on her beloved Solor.
The fakir presents Nikia with a basket of flowers on behalf of Solor. The bayadere s dance is filled with happiness. But suddenly a snake crawls out of the flowers and bites her fatally.
Nikia realizes that the rajah s daughter is to blame for her death. The High Brahmin promises to save her life if she will love him. But the bayadere is faithful to her love for Solor. Nikia dies. Solor leaves the feast in despair.

Act III
Solor is inconsolable. He is gnawed by remorse. He enjoins the fakir to distract him from his grievous thoughts. Fascinated by the sacred dance, Solor sinks into the world of dreams.
Shadows appear to him out of the darkness. They are descending from mountains in a long file. Solor sees fair Nikia among them...
Solor comes out of his dazed state and hurries to the temple. He prays to the gods to forgive him. But it s too late. The infuriated gods punish Solor for his betrayal of love. Lightning and thunder destroy the temple. There is no more reality for Solor. He follows the shadow of fair Nikia...

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January 28, SA
Matinée:   La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus)   Performance information
La Bayadere (Ballet by Ludvig Minkus) - Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet in three acts.
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New scenic version: Yuri Grigorovich
Scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev used
Sets and costumes after sketches by designers of the first production (1877) revived by Valery Firsov,
Nikolai Sharonov (sets) and Nikolai Sviridchikov (costumes)
Supervisor of scenery and costumes revival: Valery Levental
Music Director: Alexander Kopylov

SYNOPSIS

Act I
Young warriors led by Solor are hunting a tiger. Before entering the forest Solor asks a fakir, named Magedavia, to tell Nikia, a bayadere, that he will wait for her near the temple.
The High Brahmin and priests are solemnly leaving the temple. The feast of worshipping fire begins. Fakirs and votaries of the temple, bayaderes, are performing sacred dances. Beautiful Nikia is among them. She adorns the festival.
Having forgotten about his ordination and vow of celibacy, the High Brahmin tells Nikia that he loves her and promises to place at her feet all the riches of India. Nikia rejects his wooing. She will never love him.
Nikia and other bayaderes give the fakirs water from the sacred pool. Imperceptibly Magedavia tells Nikia that Solor will come to see her. The bayadere is happy.
It is getting dark. Nikia comes to meet her beloved. Their secret rendezvous is guarded by the fakir. But the High Brahmin manages to overhear the conversation of the sweethearts.
Solor proposes that they elope. The bayadere agrees, but first she wants him to vow fidelity to her at the sacred fire. Solor takes the oath. The High Brahmin is infuriated. He appeals to the gods and demands punishment. His revenge will be terrible.
Next morning the rajah Dugmanta, head of the principality, tells his daughter Gamzatti that she will see her fiance that day.
The rajah sends for the fiance. It is the brave warrior Solor. The rajah shows Solor his beautiful daughter and proclaims them bride and groom. The warrior is struck by Gamzatti s beauty. But he remembers the bayadere, his vow to her, and is thrown into confusion.
It is time to hold the ceremony of consecrating Gamzatti's betrothal. Nikia is invited to the palace for the ceremony.
The High Brahmin arrives. He wants to tell the rajah a secret. Dugmanta sends everybody away. Gamzatti feels that the High Brahmin s arrival is somehow connected with her forthcoming marriage and eavesdrops on the Brahmin s conversation with her father.
The High Brahmin tells the rajah about Solor s love for Nikia. Dugmanta is infuriated but doesn t change his mind to give his daughter in marriage to Solor. The bayadere, who made Solor take the oath, must die.The High Brahmin who had wanted to get rid of his rival, didn t expect such a turn of events.
He threatens the rajah with punishment of the Gods for the bayadere s death. But the rajah is unrelenting.
Gamzatti orders her slave to bring Nikia. She sees that the bayadere is very beautiful and can be a dangerous rival. The rajah s daughter tells the bayadere about her forthcoming marriage and invites her to dance at the feast. She deliberately shows her the portrait of her fiance Solor. Nikia protests: Solor loves only her and he made a vow of eternal fidelity. The rajah s daughter demands that Nikia should give up Solor. But the bayadere would rather die than part with Solor. Gamzatti offers her jewels. Nikia throws them away with scorn. Nothing will make her part with her beloved. She raises her dagger in a rage. The slave stops her. But Gamzatti will never give her fiance back.

Act II
A sumptuous feast is being held on the occasion of Solor and Gamzatti s engagement. The bayadere Nikia is supposed to entertain the guests with dances. She can t hide her grief. Her eyes are fixed on her beloved Solor.
The fakir presents Nikia with a basket of flowers on behalf of Solor. The bayadere s dance is filled with happiness. But suddenly a snake crawls out of the flowers and bites her fatally.
Nikia realizes that the rajah s daughter is to blame for her death. The High Brahmin promises to save her life if she will love him. But the bayadere is faithful to her love for Solor. Nikia dies. Solor leaves the feast in despair.

Act III
Solor is inconsolable. He is gnawed by remorse. He enjoins the fakir to distract him from his grievous thoughts. Fascinated by the sacred dance, Solor sinks into the world of dreams.
Shadows appear to him out of the darkness. They are descending from mountains in a long file. Solor sees fair Nikia among them...
Solor comes out of his dazed state and hurries to the temple. He prays to the gods to forgive him. But it s too late. The infuriated gods punish Solor for his betrayal of love. Lightning and thunder destroy the temple. There is no more reality for Solor. He follows the shadow of fair Nikia...

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Evening:   The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky)   Performance information
The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in three acts
Alexander Dargomyzhsky
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin"s play of the same name
Music Director: Anton Grishanin
Stage Director: Dmitry Belyanushkin
Set Designer: Victor Shilkrot
Costume Designer: Irena Belousova
Lighting Designer: Evgeny Vinogradov
Premiered on 11 March 2016
Presented with one interval

Synopsis

Act I

Scene One
Don Juan, banished from Madrid for killing the Commander de Solva, has secretly returned. Accompanied by his servant Leporello, he hides near a monastery outside Madrid. Remembering his past affairs, he plans to get in the city to continue his adventures. The Monk tells him that Dona Anna, the widow of the Commander, visits the cemetery every day. Don Juan sees Dona Anna and feels an urge to get to know her.

Scene Two
Laura is having a party; many of the guests are people she never met before. She entertains them with singing. One of the songs is based on a poem by Don Juan, Laura"s former lover. The quick-tempered Don Carlos gets enraged, which almost ruins the conspiring guests" plan. Laura resumes her singing, but it it clear to her that the guests did not come to hear her songs. Laura makes everyone but Don Carlos leave. Him she seduces and thus learns that there is a conspiracy against Don Juan. Presently Don Juan appears.
Don Carlos insists that the inevitable duel should take place on the spot. Don Juan kills Don Carlos. Laura shows Don Juan a list of conspirators. Their privacy is violated by the conspirators"s assault, but Don Juan manages to escape.

Act II

Don Juan hides in the monastery disguised as a hermit. Dona Anna comes there every day to visit her husband"s grave. Don Juan introduces himself to her as Don Diego. Dona Anna agrees to receive him at her place the next day. Leporello tries to warn his master by hinting that the Commander"s death was not forgiven and that the trap is set. Don Juan challenges his fate: he invites the Commander, an embodiment of the tyranny and total control, to join him on his next day"s rendezvous. Leporello begs forgiveness for his betrayal, because it is clear for him now that Don Juan knows it was he who brought the conspirators to Laura"s.

Act III

A room at Dona Anna"s. She spent a night with Don Juan, but now he has to leave her. Unable to conceal the truth any longer, he confesses that he killed her husband and that he loves her with all his heart. Dona Anna cannot hate him; instead she realizes that she loves him in return. Don Juan aspires for a new rendezvous, but the men of "the stone guest" have already tracked him down. not surrendering, Don Juan extends his hand to them as a token of love and freedom. They kill him.

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January 29, SU
Evening:   Gioacchino Rossini. "Il Viaggio a Reims". Opera in concert performance   Performance information
Gioacchino Rossini. "Il Viaggio a Reims". Opera in concert performance - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in concert performance

Libretto By Luigi Balocchi, based in part on Corinne, Ou L italie by Mme De Stael

Soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor Tugan Sokhiev

On the 225th anniversary of the composer

Evening:   The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky)   Performance information
The Stone Guest (Opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky) - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in three acts
Alexander Dargomyzhsky
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin"s play of the same name
Music Director: Anton Grishanin
Stage Director: Dmitry Belyanushkin
Set Designer: Victor Shilkrot
Costume Designer: Irena Belousova
Lighting Designer: Evgeny Vinogradov
Premiered on 11 March 2016
Presented with one interval

Synopsis

Act I

Scene One
Don Juan, banished from Madrid for killing the Commander de Solva, has secretly returned. Accompanied by his servant Leporello, he hides near a monastery outside Madrid. Remembering his past affairs, he plans to get in the city to continue his adventures. The Monk tells him that Dona Anna, the widow of the Commander, visits the cemetery every day. Don Juan sees Dona Anna and feels an urge to get to know her.

Scene Two
Laura is having a party; many of the guests are people she never met before. She entertains them with singing. One of the songs is based on a poem by Don Juan, Laura"s former lover. The quick-tempered Don Carlos gets enraged, which almost ruins the conspiring guests" plan. Laura resumes her singing, but it it clear to her that the guests did not come to hear her songs. Laura makes everyone but Don Carlos leave. Him she seduces and thus learns that there is a conspiracy against Don Juan. Presently Don Juan appears.
Don Carlos insists that the inevitable duel should take place on the spot. Don Juan kills Don Carlos. Laura shows Don Juan a list of conspirators. Their privacy is violated by the conspirators"s assault, but Don Juan manages to escape.

Act II

Don Juan hides in the monastery disguised as a hermit. Dona Anna comes there every day to visit her husband"s grave. Don Juan introduces himself to her as Don Diego. Dona Anna agrees to receive him at her place the next day. Leporello tries to warn his master by hinting that the Commander"s death was not forgiven and that the trap is set. Don Juan challenges his fate: he invites the Commander, an embodiment of the tyranny and total control, to join him on his next day"s rendezvous. Leporello begs forgiveness for his betrayal, because it is clear for him now that Don Juan knows it was he who brought the conspirators to Laura"s.

Act III

A room at Dona Anna"s. She spent a night with Don Juan, but now he has to leave her. Unable to conceal the truth any longer, he confesses that he killed her husband and that he loves her with all his heart. Dona Anna cannot hate him; instead she realizes that she loves him in return. Don Juan aspires for a new rendezvous, but the men of "the stone guest" have already tracked him down. not surrendering, Don Juan extends his hand to them as a token of love and freedom. They kill him.

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January 31, TU
Evening:   Gioacchino Rossini. "Il Viaggio a Reims". Opera in concert performance   Performance information
Gioacchino Rossini. "Il Viaggio a Reims". Opera in concert performance - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in concert performance

Libretto By Luigi Balocchi, based in part on Corinne, Ou L italie by Mme De Stael

Soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor Tugan Sokhiev

On the 225th anniversary of the composer



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