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The magazine Parterre: January

Unmask!
On 26 January, the audience of the Bolshoi will whirl in the opera Un ballo in maschera by genius Verdi. Mikhail Malafiy will be featured in the lead role of Riccardo in “the most melodramatic of all the melodramas". The soloist of Lviv Opera was awarded First Prize and Audience Award at the 2nd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition.  Mikhail has already mastered the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus for he has already made a number of appearances in our theatre.


Baritone Sergei Moskalkov in the opera Aida
On 20 January, the part of Amonasro in the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed by a Russian baritone Sergei Moskalkov, known for his performances in Helikon-Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, artistic Director and the soloist of the theatre "Russian Opera".


Alexander Roslavets will perform in Minsk
Alexander Roslavets will delight the Belarusian audience once again by taking part in the performances of the Bolshoi. On 28 January, a young bass will be performing the role of Banquo in the opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi. On 4 February, he will sing Daland in the opera Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner.


 Balls Season
For the eighth time the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk will host the New Year's Ball, which traditionally takes place the night from 13 to 14 January.


 Lights of the Christmas Tree, gleam!
For the third time, the Bolshoi Theatre has held a traditional contest ‘Christmas Tree Decoration’. And although the winners have not yet been announced, we couldn’t help but share the beauty of kid’s handmade creations.


John Ellison
In December 2016, John Ellison was invited to be on the board of judges of the 3rd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition and was able to personally assess not only the level of vocal skill of all the performers, but also to get acquainted with the Belarusian Opera culture on the example of the performances of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. We talked with Mr. Allison in between the qualifying rounds of Minsk Competition about modern music journalism, criticism, journals in England and Europe, modern trends in Opera productions.

High Awards
The most precious award for the heart of a singer, as we know from childhood fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, are the tears of joy of the listeners. But it's nice when your hard work, skills, talent, and dedication to the art are appreciated at the highest professional level. At the end of this year the artists of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus received Presidential awards for their personal contribution to the development of culture.

Romance’s like a little Opera
January 18, the Honored artist of the Republic of Belarus Elena Salo invites the audience to her concert "Song yesterday and today" at the Chamber Hall.


3rd Minsk international Christmas Singing Competition. A concentrate of talent
225 performers from 20 countries expressed the desire to take part in the 3rd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition. The draw for the first round of the competition gathered 126 contestants; however, this reduction in almost half didn’t diminish the level of the vocal competition. Experts of various singing contests noted that many international competitions can only dream of such number of participants.


Gianluca Marcianò
When 20, the pianist Gianluca Marcianò realized that he wanted not only to play but to create music. Now he is one of the most famous young conductors in the world. During the 3rd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition Marcianò was one of the 16 judges. What Maestro liked about the competition of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, what constitutes the profession of conductor and the musician's secrets to success one can learn from Maestro Marcianò’s interview with the magazine Parterre.


Christoph Meyer, ‘I got my skin ran down my spine!’
What other emotions were associated with Christmas Singing Competition shares the General Director of the German Opera Christoph Meyer, Honorary Professor of the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule and Honorary Doctor of in the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania in his interview with the magazine Parterre.


Sonnets. Ballet. Premiere!
In the first days of winter the choreographer Aleksandra Tikhomirova, the winner of the Francysk Skaryna Medal, presented a refined and sophisticated ballet Sonnets on the stage of the Bolshoi of Belarus. Have a look at the pictures from the premiere and book your tickets: on 5 February, the lines of the genius poet accompanied by the beautiful music by Peter Warlock and Ralph Vaughan-Williams will bring the Shakespearean epoch to life again…



Iosif Langbard. 135’s anniversary
In the 1930s he was one of the ten most influential architects of Leningrad, though his name is barely known in St. Petersburg today. The Professor of the Academy of Arts, Honored art worker of the Byelorussian SSR, built very few in the city where he lived and worked. His works including the Government House, the Bolshoi Theatre’s of Belarus building, the Central House of Officers, the main building of the Academy of Sciences are the architectural hallmarks of Minsk. These buildings created in the 1930s, survived the war and are still very impressive just as the fate of their author.



Anniversaries
They gloriously gleamed on the firmament of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Their names are the part of the Golden Fund of the Belarusian national culture. Nicholai Vorvulev would be 100. Sophia Drucker 110.

On the road again!
Superman and Jaws, E. T. and Jurassic Park, Schindler's List and Star Wars, Harry Potter and Fiddler on the Roof.  One should agree that these legendary movies have been highly acclaimed by critics and millions of fans worldwide becoming audience’s favorites due to their soundtracks too, the music by ingenious John Williams. From 12 to 27 January, the Symphony orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus is going on a concert tour throughout the largest cities of Germany with a grand concert programme featuring the music composed by John Williams for famous movies and television series.

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