Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:35 AM
Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:01 PM
What will matter, though, in the near future is how much attention and playtime these Soviet productions will be given in respect to the newer (let's call it the reconstructed) work. In the Mariinsky's case it looks rather bad, but it remains to be seen how much they will weigh in at the Bolshoi.
Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:19 PM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 01:18 AM
I also wonder with how many of the Fokine/Diaghilev ballets they've done, and even most of the Balanchine, which I love all of, but they are almost all pretty much reconstructions of the orginal productions. Why is this different? For msot modern audiences something liek Sheherazade doesn't seem all that more modern than Sleeping Beauty...
People have said that this was spearheaded in many ways by the oh so modern Valery Gergeiv. I'm a modest opera fan but no very little about the Mariinsky's current opera company. I DO know they've done a lot of modern opera works, modern styled productions, and co-productions with the Met and others lately but do they still have some of those old Soviet style "stand and sing" warhorses? And do they have any reconstructions or old productions of operas like they were trying with ballet? I noticed Rusland and Lyudmila by Glinka uses designs reconstructed from 1904, Prince Igor in the old production with the Fokine dances, Maid of Pskov is a 50s traditional production. I also noticed the three biggest Tchaikovsky operas, Queen of Spades (my personal fave opera), Eugene Onegin and Mazeppa all have traditional and modern stagings in the repertoire--I imagine this was done partly to appease people upset that Tchaikovsky's operas might be so radically staged in his hometown. However with the majority of the operas listed on their homepage, it seems, the stagings look quite modern (with Gergiev credited with conception for a number of them).
Of course opera and ballet and how they're staged and viewed are pretty different--the often avant garde stagings of classic operas have NOT (despite some successes and some attempts) ever become mainstream ways for major ballet companies to stage the classics, for a variety of reasons between the art forms but...
Another difference of course is the Marrinsky ballet seems content to go to their old (Sergeyev) ballet stagings (which for the record I largely love), while the opera company has a huge number of brand new productions from the past 8 years.
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