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 get the chance to see the most popular worldwide opera productions completely free of charge.
The idea of the All Together Opera festival 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.
All Together Opera Festival 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.
Renowned operas such as Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar, Borodin’s Prince Igor, Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, Iolanta, Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and The Snow Maiden, Gounod’s Faust, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Rubinstein’s The Demon, Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, Verdi’s Il trovatore, and also rarely performed Beethoven’s opera Fidelio were presented within the framework of this project.
Festival invites best city orchestras, choirs and leading singers from the theaters of St.Petersburg, Moscow and Europe. Famous Russian-Italian conductor and Artistic Director of the St.Petersburg State Music Hall Theatre Fabio Mastrangelo is the Music Director of this festival. In 2016, students of Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" Jamie Piali and Sara Rossini were involved in Le nozze di Figaro production. In 2015, The Queen of Spades opera by Tchaikovsky was conducted by an Italian Marсo Pace. German conductor Oliver Weder also took part in this project. People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, conductor Sergey Stadler participates in the festival every year.
All festival performances feature full house. In 2016 opera performances attracted 20 thousand spectators, in 2015 - about 14 thousand despite the summer in the city having been rainy and cold.
All Together Opera music festival always demonstrates high artistic level of the performances and is justly loved by audience. The project has social and cultural focus and carries out an educational mission. Even the strictest spectator can feel the authenticity and sublimity of the experience reflected in classic music, as well as high professionalism of national and foreign performers.