Season's greetings!

Dear friends!

I heartily congratulate you on the New Year! May it bring joy, success, love and, of course, bright impressions of new performances and encounters with your favorite artists!

We thank you for being with us during the season of 2016: you have come to our performances and concerts, have given your attention to our great artists never sparing your generous applause. After all, it is your love, our dear audience, that is the most precious gift for those who have dedicated their lives to the theatre.

I hope that the new year will bring us all bright impression and unforgettable encounters. On 13 January, once again, we invite you to the Big New Year’s Ball.  The work on the production of the opera The Magic Flute has already been started.  The mystical masterpiece of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will premiere at the end of March. The international creative team led by the conductor Manfred Mayrhofer and the director Hans-Joachim Frey are working on it. On 30 April, we will present a new stage version of the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (conductor Viktor Ploskina, director Mikhail Pandzhavidze). In June, the premiere of the ballet-parable by a Petersburg composer Mikhail Krylov based on the works of Viacheslav Zarenkov Orr and Ora staged by Aleksandra Tikhomirova will take place. The parade of premieres will continue in the new season with the performances of the opera La Traviata staged by the director Andrejs Žagars,  Tosca directed by Mikhail Pandzhavidze and the ballet Le Corsaire in the classic version of Marius Petipa.

We will certainly continue to develop our traditional projects including the Open Day, the Bolshoi Theatre for Children, Youth Programme of the Bolshoi, the Ballet Summer and Evenings of the Bolshoi Theatre in the Radziwill Castle. We will continue our performances in the branches of the theatre and in the regions of Belarus. Exiting international tours are in store for us. Traditionally, the calendar year will be concluded with the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition and Christmas Opera Forum, the largest event of cultural life of the country.

We live in an ever-changing world where life circumstances often alter our plans.  But one thing that remains unchanged is the high art. Its role in the life of a person and of society as a whole is becoming more and more apparent and important. It is namely art that helps us dream and believe in Beauty.

I sincerely wish you to never lose the festive sprit of holidays and the joy of life the whole new year! May your innermost wishes come true, and may every day bring new discoveries and impressions to you! I wish you health, love, goodness and beauty in the new year!

Yours sincerely,
General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus
Vladimir Gridyushko