Bolshoi Theater will hold a musical weekend in Paris

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PARIS, March 16. /TASS/. The company of the Bolshoi Theater has arrived in Paris for a brief two-day visit. This weekend, the Russian company will perform twice on the stage of the Halle aux Grains of the Philharmonie de Paris. On Saturday, March 16, they will present The Maid of Pskov, an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and on Sunday, March 17, the venue will host the concert of the Russian Spring program, which includes the performance of music pieces by Sergei Rakhmaninov, Alexander Borodin and Georgy Sviridov, head of press office of the Bolshoi Theater Katerina Novikova said.

According to her, the soloists of the opera, the choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater flew to Paris from Toulouse, where they took part in the first festival “French-Russian musical seasons” (Les Musicales franco-russes), created on the initiative of the Bolshoi Theater chief conductor Tugan Sokhiev.

“The maestro is also the artistic director of the National Orchestra of the Capitol of Toulouse, he has been heading it since 2008, and in this position he is doing his best to bring Russia and France closer, often performing works by Russian composers,” Novikova said, stressing that the new festival in Toulouse is held under the auspices of President of France.

Novikova also said that the Bolshoi Theater had the honor of completing a large-scale musical forum, which lasted from February 22. The Bolshoi Theater performances in Toulouse fell on the three final days of the festival – from March 13 to March 15.

On March 13, the theater’s choir performed works by Russian composers, as well as Russian folk songs and romances. On March 14, the famous opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades followed.

On March 15, the Maid of Pskov, an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was performed.

The French audience is familiar with another title of this opera – Ivan le Terrible/ Ivan the Terrible. Under this title it was first introduced to Paris by Sergei Diaghilev, included Feodor Chaliapin as Ivan the Terrible. This year will mark the 110th anniversary of its Paris premiere.

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