Musical divertissement in two parts
Musical version by: Evgeny Kolobov
Stage Director: Stanislav Mitin
Costume Designers: Valentin Yudashkin, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, Natalia Naftalieva
Chief choirmaster: Natalya Popovich
Choirmaster: Maria Chekrkchieva
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes with one intermission
Premiered on 8 July 1992
Recommended for 6+
The Rossini musical divertissement was conceived as a concert to commemorate the second centenary of Gioachino Rossini’s birth. However, the dramatic nature inherent in all productions of the Novaya Opera since its inception transformed the traditional sequence of numbers into a fascinating journey through a musical labyrinth made of Rossini’s solo, ensemble, choral and orchestral masterpieces.
The sparkling, fast-moving composition comprises excerpts from the operas L’Italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ciro in Babilonia, La Cenerentola, Guillaume Tell, sacred music Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle (Agnus Dei), small vocal pieces including the comic Duet of Cats and La chanson du bébé. The excerpts are combined to create an atmosphere of festivity, admiration and adoration which makes you feel as if you are indeed at Rossini’s birthday party.
The opera divertissement “Rossini” is a sounding monograph, a “book” about the artist’s life, a brilliant portrait of the creator of invaluable treasures... The conductor has chosen a principle which helps depict the unpredictable and equally ingenious Gioachino Rossini — a bon vivant, humourist, wisecracker and, at the same time, a man of lyric charm. A romantic and even philosopher.
The Kultura weekly,
18 July 1992