ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL "ALL TOGETHER OPERA"

St. Petersburg International Festival «All TOGETHER OPERA» is an annual city event that has traditionally been the center of great attention among citizens and visitors alike. The festival introduces the audience to the outstanding masterpieces of foreign and national opera classics in open-air format. Admission is free. Citizens and visitors of St. Petersburg get the chance to see the most popular worldwide opera productions completely free of charge.

VII St. Petersburg International Festival

«All Together Opera»

12 – 22 July, 2018

The Peter and Paul Fortress (Cathedral Square)


The Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park (Yelagin Island)


The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve (The Main Courtyard of the Catherine Palace)

FREE ADMISSION!

The VII St. Petersburg International Festival «All Together Opera» will be held in St. Petersburg from 12 to 22 July 2018. The Festival will present masterpieces of opera classics - open-air performances amidst beautiful architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg. Fabio Mastrangelo is Music Director of the festival; Victor Vystotsky is its Art Director. St. Petersburg State Music Hall Theatre is a principal organizer of the festival.

Supported by the St. Petersburg Committee for Culture.

The Festival Program
12th-22nd July 2018
12th July Thursday 7 pm
The Peter and Paul Fortress Cathedral Square FESTIVAL OPENING
15th July Sunday 5 pm
The Peter and Paul Fortress Cathedral Square
19 July Thursday 7 pm
The Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park in front
of the Yelagin Island Palace
22th July Sunday 5 pm
The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve The Main Countryard of the Catherine Palace
SEASON CLOSING
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Music director of the festival Fabio Mastrangelo
Artistic director Victor Vysotsky

 

Festival «All Together Opera» maintains its social character, which is especially important for the regular viewers of the project and for all who love opera. Like in the years before, the admission to the open-air performances will be free. Residents and visitors of St. Petersburg will have an opportunity to watch the most popular operas of the world repertoire completely free of charge.

The main goal of the Festival «All Together Opera» remains the same, which is facilitating the process of bringing the wide audience closer to the best creations of the human spirit. Opera genre has huge capacity for achieving this goal, because opera is the most popular music art considering the scope of means. Opera includes soloists, orchestra, choir and ballet. Opera can influence with an inventive visual sequence. Besides, opera genre has its hits, which, if available, can attract the hearts of people.

Traditionally the Festival «All Together Opera» will stage its performances not inside the pompous opera theaters, but inside the most beautiful architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg, making them full-scale participants of the scenic act. Architectural cityscapes, which refer to different national schools and style eras, will be considered by the stage managers of the festival as natural settings and back stage for the music drama art.

The Festival «All Together Opera» always shows its high artistic level of the performances, involving the best orchestras and choir ensembles of the city and leading soloists of music theaters of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Europe. The operas are performed in the original languages.

About: this year the Festival «All Together Opera» takes place for the seventh time. The operas such as «A Life for the Tsar» and «Ruslan and Lyudmila» by Glinka, «The Snow Maiden» and «The Golden Cockerel» by Rimsky-Korsakov, «The Demon» by Rubinstein, «Iolanta», «Eugene Onegin», «The Queen of Spades» and «Mazeppa» by Tchaikovsky, «Faust» by Gounod, «Il Trovatore» and «Rigoletto» by Verdi, «Fidelio» by Beethoven, «Turandot» by Puccini, «L'elisir d'amore» by Donizetti, «Don Giovanni» and «Le Nozze di Figaro» by Mozart, «Prince Igor» by Borodin, «Betrothal in a Monastery» by Prokofiev, «Tannhäuser» by Wagner, «Carmen» by Bizet and «Der Freischütz» by Weber were staged within the framework of the festival in past years.

In all these years the open-air performances attracted large audiences. According to the approximate estimates, over 150 thousand people attended festival opera performances in six years. The festival relentlessly follows its social mission – the admission to all open-air performances is traditionally free.

The idea of the Festival «All Together Opera» is to facilitate the process of familiarization of the audience with the best creations of human spirit. Opera makes it possible, because opera, with all its tools, is the most popular form of musical art. Opera includes singers, orchestra, choir and ballet. Opera can influence people with its ingenious visual array. Moreover, opera genre has its smash hits, which, if made available, can touch people’s hearts.

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The Festival «All Together Opera» traditionally presents its performances outside pompous opera theaters, amidst beautiful architecture of St. Petersburg, which becomes meaningful participant of the act. Cityscapes, created by different national schools and epochs of style, are utilized by the festival directors as natural backdrop and side scenes for music drama art.

This festival is an important landmark for tourists, many of whom build their culture program for visiting St. Petersburg with «All Together Opera» calendar in mind. Every year this important music event of St. Petersburg summer attracts large numbers of spectators, including Russian and foreign tourists. «All Together Opera» emphasizes the status of St. Petersburg as the cultural capital of our country and leaves the most positive impression in foreign visitors.

Each year this popular festival chooses the most interesting and beautiful open sites of our city for staging its performances. Encounter with great art in magnificent architecture creates special atmosphere and mood. Cathedral Square of Peter-and-Paul Fortress, Yelagin Island, Tsarskoye Selo, Gatchina, Alexander Park (in front of Music Hall), Saint Isaac's Square have hosted this festival at various times.

 

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