Stanislavsky and Nemirovich – Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre
Welcome to the world of theatre!
This famous Moscow Music theatre is based on the site of Count Pyotr Saltykov’s estate. Centrally located in a building on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, it features the main opera and two smaller chamber music halls.
The Stanislavsky theatre is beautifully decorated, the lobby integrates the remains of the old building dating from 1800 with wide open spaces. There is a lovely museum in the Historical Lobby showing the history of the theatre, costumes of the old performances and a wide display of pictures from the most popular operas and ballet. At this significant place our excursion around the theatre will start and here it will finish.
Our host and guide inside the premises of the theatre, Nikolay Erokhin, will take us to the places never open to public. Nikolay, a soloist of the theatre, is a person whose life belongs to the theatre, his home, the place he works in. He will open the curtain and show us the world where magic we see on the stage is created.
I was personally impressed with the shoe-makers room, with the rows of wooden boot-trees all labeled with the names of the artists. Having handmade shoes is quite a rare privilege nowadays!
The classes for the rehearsals are of all shapes and sizes: ballet classes on one floor, the smaller classes for the opera singers and musicians, and the bigger ones for the whole orchestra on another one. After a while, you feel as if you are getting lost in this city called of a theatre.
Standing on the stage makes a wonderful effect on you. You feel like talking in a more dramatic way gesticulating and raising your voice.
The mysterious darkness of the auditorium feels like it’s waiting for a play to start, so many performances imprinted in the air of the hall!
The opera “The Queen of Spades” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is based on the story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. The world premiere was held in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, and one year later at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. It was a huge success and Tchaikovsky was extremely pleased with his effort. Vienna, Prague, London, New York – a tour of success continued in other opera capitals.
Nikolay’s premier debut in “The Queen of Spades” was in November, 2017. Herman, the leading character sings in all seven scenes of the opera. This requires great skills and endurance on the part of the performer. It is a full house every night the opera is on the stage. Love, secrets, gambling, ghosts — it captures your attention and keeps you excited till the end of the performance. The Stanislavsky theatre staged the classical version of the opera, those who have read the story by Pushkin will be mostly satisfied. Applauses!
Three, Seven, Ace!
These three secret words!