There was a meeting of President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the head of the union of theatrical figures of Russia Alexander Kalyagin in April, which resulted in a decision to hold the Year of Theater in Russia, and in April a decree was issued on this event the same month.
On December 13, the opening of the Year of the Theater takes place in all capitals of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The highlight of the holiday will be the city of Yaroslavl, where the main events of a big cultural event with the participation of President of Russia Vladimir Putin will take place. In Yaroslavl, the Astrakhan Region will be represented at the theater forum by the People’s Artist of Russia, the head of the regional theater and theater building Yury Kochetkov. It’s such an honor as only representatives from 40 institutions were invited there.
from almost 2000 theaters in the country. A press conference was held today at the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theater with the participation of artistic directors, directors of theaters and Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Astrakhan Region Galina Zoteeva. The journalists were told in detail how such a significant event will take place in the region. As participants of the meeting were assured there will be a lot of premieres and tours during the Year of the Theater in Astrakhan.
Galina Alexandrovna in her speech touched upon the symbolic, great events of theatrical art. “The region will host: the festival-laboratory of drama theaters “ The Top of Russian Classics ”, the international project “Russian Operas in the Astrakhan Kremlin” with the premiere production of the opera M.I. Glinka “Ruslan and Lyudmila”, the theater festival “I Believe!”. She said that Astrakhan theaters prepare more than 20 premiere performances on the works of Russian and foreign classics for residents and guests of the region. Many productions will be made by guest directors from Moscow and St. Petersburg.”
The head of the department spoke in detail about the touring map of the region. “The coming year, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, a series of exchange tours with Omsk, Khabarovsk, Abakan, Krasnodar and other cities of Russia will take place. Foreign tours are also expected: the Theater for Young Communists will leave for Germany and Cyprus.”
In 2019, attention will be paid not only to the creative activities of theater groups, but also to the strengthening and development of the material and technical base of theaters. Within two years the Young People’s Theatre and the Puppet Theater will be totally repaired and equipped with modern items. For these purposes 76 million rubles were allocated from the federal budget.
Spectators of the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theater will see festivals and major international projects. The artistic director of the theater, Valery Voronin, outlined plans: in the coming days, the premiere of the New Year's play “Snowy fairy tale of the cat Berendey” will take place. In 2019, the older audience will meet the premiere of the opera “La Boheme” by G. Puccini, the production of the modern ballet “The Godfather” with an Italian guest choreographer, and the premiere of the one-act ballet “Carmen Suite”. As a part of the project there will be “Russian Operas in the Astrakhan Kremlin”, the show of M. Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila”.
In addition, the theater plans to implement two major international projects: “Art-Pro-Movement” - a joint creative program with GITIS and the International School of accompanists with the assistance of specialists from Italy, Germany, the Metropolitan Opera and the Mariinsky Theater.
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