Государственное бюджетное учреждение культуры Волгоградский государственный театр «Царицынская опера»

400007. г. Волгоград, пр. В. И. Ленина, 97

Тел./Факс: (8442) 73-80-18

E-mail: opera.dir@nxt.ru

Касса: (8442) 27-52-94

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       Volgograd Opera House “Tzaritsyn Opera” is located in the hero-city in the south of Russia, where the events of the Stalingrad battle took place, and where the turn of the Second World War happened in 1943. 

     The company was founded in 1992 as Volgograd Opera Enterprise, changing into a State opera house in 2004. The company has a staff of 20 soloists, a choir of 44 people, a ballet group of 24 people, an orchestra of 62 musicians and all theatrical technical departments.

      During the past 20 years the theatre has had productions of major operatic repertory, such as Eugene Onegin, Iolantha, Pique dame, Traviata, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Tosca etc. The ballet group was formed in 2004, and their repertory includes such classical works as Giselle, The Dances of the Swans (2d act of the Swan Lake), as well as modern ballets like The Young Lady and the Hooligan, The Moor’s Pavane etc.

The choir and the orchestra quite often perform symphonic and choral works in concert, like the national premiere of Karl Jenkins's Stabat Mater (2012), gala-concert at ‘Port-Petrovsk Assemblies’ festival in Dagestan etc.

     The theatre has much national touring experience with opera performances (since 2001).

     The theatre has international relations with conductors, such as Fabio Mastrangello (Russia – Italy), Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland – The United Kingdom), Oleg Reshetkin (Marocco), with choirs, such as Cor Bro Ogwr (Welsh Concert Choir), The Harry Ensemble (London). In April 2012 the theatre is organizing an International Choir Festival ‘Voces Volgograd’, where several national premieres will be held.

Repertory

La Traviata (sung in Russian)
Tosca (sung in Italian)
Carmen (sung in Russian)
Aida (sung in Italian)
The Tsar’s Bride (sung in Russian)
Eugene Onegin (sung in Russian)
Iolantha (Tchaikovsky) – (sung in Russian)
Così fan tutte (sung in Italian with Russian recitatives)

Operas to be renovated in the next season:

Madama Butterfly (Puccini) (sung in Italian)
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky) (sung in Russian)
The Snow-Maiden (Rimski-Korsakov) (sung in Russian)

Ballets

A. Adan. Giselle
P. Tchaikovsky. The Dances of the Swans (2d act of the Swan Lake) – L. Minkus. Paquita (Grand pas)
H. Purcell. The Moor’s Pavane – D. Schostakovich. The young lady and the hooligan
Ch. Gounod. Walpurgisnacht – P. Tchaikovsky. A divertissement (The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, The Swan Lake)

Children’s operas

M. Minkov. Magic music
E. Kolmanovsky. Snow White

Orchestra

3 flutes (including 2 piccolos)
3 oboes (including 2 english horns)
4 clarinets (including bass clarinet; clarinet piccolo in Es)
3 bassoons (including contrabassoon)
6 horns
4 trumpets
4 trombones
tuba
timpani + 3 percussion players
harp
synthesizer/piano

trings
For opera
6 I violins, 6 II violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses
For symphonic concerts
8 I violins, 7 II violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 3 basses

Chorus 12 sopranos, 12 altos, 7 tenors, 7 basses

Soloists


sopranos: 2 spintos, 1 spinto coloratura, 2 lyric, 1 coloratura
mezzos: 1 spinto coloratura, 1 dramatic, 2 contraltos
tenors: 1 heroic spinto, 1 spinto, 2 lyric, 1 buffo
baritones: 1 dramatic, 2 lyric
basses: 2 low basses, 1 high bass, 1 buffo