The Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theater will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project “Russian Operas in the Astrakhan Kremlin” by staging M.P. Mussorgsky’s opera "Khovanshchina".
On March 30, 2022 the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives announced the winners of the second competition for a grant from the President of Russia. More than 9,000 applications from all the regions of Russia were submitted for the competition. About 1500 projects became grant holders, with the production of the opera "Khovanshchina" by M.P. Mussorgsky among them.
The Project Manager Valery Voronin notes: “History, both ancient and modern, teaches us lessons of wisdom, moral endurance and courage that help us find the right solutions in difficult situations, and by staging this performance, we will try to show through art the existing parallels between the historical events of the past and of today."
The Stage Director Konstantin Balakin and the Theater Designer Elena Vershinina will invite the audience to remember the history of the country and the language, where every word contains an enormous complex of meanings, experiences and feelings. The concept of the project is aimed at preserving historical memory.
Khovanshchina is a link in the chain of historical events, which is characterized by a power struggle, which made it sanguinary. The project aims at showing the invaluable importance of the unity of society, especially at turning points in history. “I am interested in how the past is reflected in the present,” Mussorgsky wrote to Stasov in a letter while working on the opera. The past reflected in the present will be shown by the community of stage directors of the opera "Khovanshchina" by M.P. Mussorgsky on September 2 and 3, 2022 on the Cathedral Square of the Astrakhan Kremlin.