28 October, Saturday, 19:00
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To listen to an aria from the opera by great Puccini, who had no time to finish it, within the walls of the most mysterious castle of St. Petersburg

You will have an opportunity to enjoy an aria from the opera Turandot and other immortal works by Puccini on Octotber 28 at the Mikhaikovsky Castle within the framework of the festival «St. Petersburg Embankments».

Works by the brilliant Italian will be certainly performed by his compatriots together with Russian soloists.

The program «Puccini forever» will be presented by the outstanding master of the opera art, conductor and singer Giuseppe Sabbatini (Italy).

He established himself at the world stage in the late 1980s. As a friend and associate of Elena Obraztsova, he was invited to take part at her international vocal competition as a jury member.

Today Giuseppe is a recognized and favourite artist of the festival «St. Petersburg Palaces». All his concerts are marked with a high artistic breeding, a depth of understanding of music he performs.

Collaborated with Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti and other great conductors. His master classed are famous around the world.

With participation of the world’s leading opera soloists such as Gevorg Akopyan (baritone), Anna Markarova (soprano) and Migran Agadzhanian (tenor).

Honoured Artist of Armenia Gevorg Akopyan  today is one of the best baritones, acknowledged by famous music critics! This is no allegation, but a fact.

Prize winner (First Prize and Golden Medal) at the I Pavel Lisitsian International Baritone Competition (2008). Awarded the State Prizes of the Republic of Armenia. Since 2003 he has been a principal soloist of the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He has been recognized as one of the best Verdian baritones.

Migran Agadzhanian (tenor, Armenia) is a unique talent. He is a dramatic tenor or, as they say in Italy, «tenore spinto». Migran, a versatile musician, has been a conductor and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Youth Symphony Orchestra since he was 21 years old.

A talented person is talented in everything – he illustrates this statement quite successfully. He brilliantly embodies several roles - pianist, vocalist, conductor and Prize Winner at the international piano competitions.

Anna Markarova (soprano) is a first-class soloist with vividly expressed individuality. She is Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, winner of several prizes. Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the famous modern composers, told about Anna’s talent: «It was the finest performance of my arias that I have ever heard in Russia».

The evening is organized with the participation of the Taurida International Symphony Orchestra, the follower of the traditions of the cultural and artistic legacy of the orchestra and the choir of the Capella Taurida, founded by the Interparliamentary Assembly of the States – members of CIS for the 220th Anniversary of the Tavrichesky Palace and created in the image of the ensemble that had served Prince Grigory Potemkin. The orchestra consists of brilliant virtuoso musicians from Russia and foreign and neighboring countries, including USA, Finland, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan. Most of them are students and graduates of the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.

A refined program which includes orchestral excerpts and arias from the Puccini’s operas (La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot and Manon Lescaut) performed by the Italian and Russian soloists will be presented at the Mikhailovsky Castle on October 28.

Guests who buy a ticket to the “A” sector get a tour around the castle given by art specialists of the Russian Museum!

A guided tour starts at 18:00
Concert starts at 19:00

Duration time — 2 hours
Ticket cost — 1500-3500 roubles
Dress code: Creative black-tie
A buffet will be available for the guests of the concert

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