St.Petersburg International All Together Opera Festival will traditionally open on 12 July on the Day of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul in the very heart of St. Petersburg at the Cathedral Square of the Peter and Paul Fortress
A masterpiece by Mikhail Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila will be performed on that day – it is a composition that is a part of the golden fund of Russian opera art. This opera is one of those works that are especially important and dear for Russian culture. In particular, Ruslan and Lyudmila is connected with two national classics at the same time – Glinka and Pushkin.
The opera will organically blend into the space of the Cathedral Square of the Peter and Paul Fortress - the heart of Saint Petersburg, - because it follows the theme of Russian history and features heroic characters; the idea of the victory of Russian weaponry is symbolically presented in it, not mentioning the fact that this opera is based on the first large Petersburg work of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin.
Art Director of the festival, stage manager Victor Vysotsky will be the producer of the opera. The main elements of the setting will be the fairy-tale images of the Pushkin’s poem: the composition from the “Oak-tree by Lukomorye”, the towers of Kiev and stylized oriental architectural details. Production designer is Julia Goltsova. Artistic Director of the All Together Opera Festival Maestro Fabio Mastrangelo will be Music Director of the opera.
Leading parts will be performed by the principal soloists of the musical theatres of Russia and other countries around the world, such as Denis Sedov, Anastasia Kalagina (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Krapivina (Mariinsky Theatre) and others.