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Russian State Ballet and Opera House

Bizet's Carmen




Natalia Kovalenko
Mihail Makarov
Don José
Vladimir Celebrovskii
Olga Sosnovskaya
Anatolii Izmalkov
Azat Maksutov
Iya Bobrakova
Yuri Samodurov
set designer
Nataliya Masanova

Performed by the cast of the Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi with a 30-piece orchestra.

After the success of UK performances of La Bohème and Madame Butterfly earlier this year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House brings you another world class opera, Carmen, an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet, which has become one of the world’s best-loved operas with exciting and memorable music.

Basing their work on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy have fashioned a timeless story of love, jealousy, and violence in the Spanish city of Seville during the 19th century. It tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet represented, musically, the emotions and suffering of his characters. The Toreador Song is among the best known of all operatic arias. Carmen is an opera that particularly appeals to young people, and has been a favourite since its creation.

We are most grateful to the Children who are singing in tonight’s performance and to the reputable Stagecoach Dancing & Singing Company for their involvement in the children’s participation.

Semi-staged and costumed, sung in French with surtitles.

Galina Malikova – Carmen (mezzo-soprano)
Galina was interested in music from a very young age. In 1997 she graduated from music school, after which she entered the Republican College of Arts in Syktyvkar. In 2001, Galina was invited to join the Russian State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Komi as member of the choir. As part of her further development she joined the Ufa State Academy of Arts in 2002. Since 2010 she started performing soloist roles at the Theatre. From her very first day she proved to be a talented singer and actress who has a pleasant, full range voice, allowing her to perform at the highest level. Galina has an extensive repertoire and participated in various theatrical productions and international concerts. Her roles include Tchaikovsky Pauline, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Laura (Iolanta), Carmen (Carmen), Ljubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Flora (La Traviata) and many more.

Anatolii Zhuravlev – Don Jose (tenor)
Anatolii was born in the city of Ryazan. In 1987 he graduated from the Saratov Conservatoire. Since 1991 he has been with Russian State Opera and Ballet theatre of Komi as soloist. His bright voice (dramatic tenor) and great acting skills allow him to perform most leading roles in operas and operettas. His extensive repertoire and active involvement was rewarded in 2005 when he received the title “Honoured Artist of the Republic of Komi”. His roles include German (The Queen of Spades), Othello (Otello), José (Carmen), Prince (Mermaid), Vladimir (Eugene Onegin), Vaudémont (Iolanthe), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Ivan Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride), Alfredo Germont (La Traviata) and many more.

Vladimir Tselebrovskiy – Escamillo (baritone)
Vladimir was born in Perm. In 2004 he graduated from the vocal department of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov. To improve his vocal skills he participated in masterclasses in Mariinsky Theatre and worked with such renowned artists as Eva Marton, Mirella Freni , Elena Obraztsova, and Valery Gergiev. Vladimir has been actively performing at various festivals and projects of the Mariinsky Theatre. His repertoire includes roles of Papageno (The Magic Flute), Escamillo, Morales (Carmen), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Demetrius (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Don Juan (Don Juan). Vladimir is an honoured Artist of the Republic of Karelia and winner of national vocal competitions.

Olga Sosnovskaya – Michaela (soprano)
Olga is the leading soloist of Russian State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Komi. She is an honoured Artist of Russia and Honoured people’s Artist of the Republic of Komi. She is a winner of various national and international competitions and winner of Government Prize of the Republic of Komi. In 1984 Olga graduated from the Republican Art School in Syktyvkar and in 1988 from the Petrozavodsk Conservatory. Since 1988 she has been a soloist at the theatre. Olga’s range and passions are vast and she is part of major operatic roles and classical operetta. Each performance by Olga on stage is an event with great success which is widely covered in the press. She is a talented singer, thoughtful actress and idol of the public. Olga has toured with operas and ballets in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria etc. Her repertoire is vast and includes over 350 vocal roles; Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Iolanta (Iolanta), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Cio- Cio-San (Madam Butterfly), Mimi (La Boheme), Rosalind (Die Fledermaus) and many more.

Anatolii Izmalkov – Morales (baritone)
Anatoly is the leading soloist of the theatre. He is an Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, People’s Artist of the Republic of Komi and winner of the Government price of Komi Republic. Anatoly joined the theatre in 1980. On his account there are over 130 roles. His versatile acting skills give him the opportunity to be versatile. He actively participates in national and international performances and his vast repertoire includes roles as Cesare (Tosca), Germont, Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Sharpless (Madam Butterfly), Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Bartoli (Barber of Seville), Escamillo (Carmen), Schaunard (La Boheme), Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale), Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and many more.

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