“Behind the curtains” – a brief introduction to the life of the Karelian Musical Theater
Some people might presume that theater in Petrozavodsk is, to a certain extent, provincial. Students of the “Enjoy Russian” school went behind its curtains and were pleasantly surprised: it turned out, our Musical Theater has a lot to offer
The Musical Theater was built in 1955 by the famous architect Savva Brodsky, and despite the major reconstruction that took place from 2006 to 2009, its appearance still remains classic, beautiful, and elegant. Moreover, the theater always strived to combine all the main music and theater genres, such as opera and ballet, musical comedies and musicals, classical and modern operetta. Nowadays a lot of large-scale performances take place at the stage of the theater, including operas “La Traviata” by G.Verdi, “Eugene Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Carmen” by G.Bizet, “Madama Butterfly” by G.Puccini, ballets “The Nutcracker” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Cinderella” by S. Prokofyev, “Anna Karenina” by R.Shchedrin, “Le Corsair” and “Giselle” by A.Adan, opera-musical for children “The Black Hen” by B. Lvovich, operettas “The Bat/Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss and “The Csardas Princess” by I.Kalman. However, it was the staging of the first Karelian ballet «Sampo» (1959) that made the theatre famous. In 1987 its creators — composer Helmer Sinisalo, choreographer Igor Smirnov, leading ballet dancers — became laureates of the State Prize of Russia named after M.I. Glinka. Since then many Karelian composers presented their work on this stage. Due to the brilliance of talented young vocalists, freedom from genre clichés, and originality the Musical Theater is well-known in both Russian and international professional theater communities. Several times its performers became the laureates of the “Harlequin” and “The Golden Mask” national theater awards.
“All the world’s a stage”, but what is backstage? Visit the Musical Theater in Petrozavodsk and find out
Every day more than 300 people – the company of actors, high-level professionals, and technical staff – work relentlessly to create magic on the stage and impress the audience. Statistical figures prove that they succeed, in 2010 the Music Theater was visited by more than 45 thousand spectators — that means every ninth resident of Petrozavodsk. Hence, what makes theater so popular? Why do people like it so much? Obviously, we enjoy the beauty of dance, dynamics of performance, colorful costumes and scenery. Yet, we know so little about the hard work of those who make these breathtaking stories real. One of the Russian outstanding theatre practitioners, Konstantin Stanislavski, once wrote that the Moscow Art Theater is different from other theaters because the performance there starts from the moment you enter the building. “Enjoy Russian” language school offers its students a unique opportunity to follow the path of the performance from the entrance to the backstage. This exciting tour will definitely fill you with plenty of emotions, thrills and chills. Fascinating stories, sophisticated contemporary equipment, creative atmosphere, – this excursion obviously has everything that should make you include it in your cultural program without hesitation.
Can you imagine the first Karelian ballet “Sampo” and the world famous “La Traviata” on the same stage? If not, join our courses and come to Petrozavodsk, we will make sure that you learn a lot about both Russian language and Russian culture.