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23 January 19:00

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The Tsar’s Bride оpera in two acts

оpera in two acts

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27 January 19:00 | International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Conductor - Amos Talmon (Israel)

Giuseppe Verdi


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6 February 19:00

Giuseppe Verdi


оpera in three acts

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1 February, 19:00

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria rusticana

opera in two acts

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2 February, 19:00

Andrei Mdivany

Passions (Rogneda)

ballet in two acts


People say that French dramatist Victorien Sardou admired Giacomo Puccini’s music. Therefore, he agreed that his play La Tosca form the basis of the libretto of this Italian composer, whose works delighted him. And Puccini composed the work which is considered to be an opera masterpiece for more than a century. On 24 February Tosca returns on the Belarusian stage. By the way, it will be the 6th production of Tosca at the Bolshoi theatre of Belarus (the previous one was in 1937, 1950, 1969, 1991 and 2010).

Tosca is a great work, which combines dramatic art and music in an amazing way. Sardou’s talent multiplied by the Puccini’s genius phenomenally affects the audience. And it is not an accident that this opera is one of the most popular in the world. ‘Therefore, we can’t forget it for long’, said the principal stage director and recipient of the Francysk Skaryna medal Mikhail Pandzhavidze. He is the one who brings Puccini's masterpiece back to the repertoire of the Belarusian Bolshoi. "Together with the team!" - Mikhail emphasized. And the team includes: Italian Maestro guest principal conductor Gianluca Marcianò and also two laureates of the State Prize of our Republic. It is the chief set designer and recipient of the Francysk Skaryna medal Alexander Kostiuchenko and People's Artist of Belarus and chief chorus master Nina Lomanovich.

Pandzhavidze himself stages this opera not for the first time. It will be his second production of Tosca on the stage of Belarusian Bolshoi. ‘I’m not going to change something cardinally. Neither time, nor the place of action’, he continued. ‘The creation of timeless space here is simply impossible, because there are exact dates, events, specific placenames and names…’ Castel Sant'Angelo, Palazzo Farnese, Sant'Andrea della Valle…The story will take place in Rome, in the summer of 1800, as it was conceived by the authors.

In 2011 the Belarusian audience saw Gioachino Rossini’s bright, sunny, lively, full of energy Il barbiere di Siviglia staged by Mikhail Pandzhavidze in tandem with Gianluca Marcianò. And at the end of January they start to work together again on Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. ‘I'm happy!’ Italian Maestro didn’t hide emotions. ‘We had an amazing experience of collaboration. And I can openly say: Mikhail Pandzhavidze is an exceptional director. He looks at performance not only from the point of view of its dramatic aspect. He really knows the music of the works that he stages. He understands that these two things are interrelated. And if we are talking about Puccini, it is even more important. Close your eyes, plunge into his brilliant music and you get the image of what is going on in the opera. The imagery of the Puccini’s music is incredible!’