On 2nd and 3rd June 2018 there will be an Armenian premiere performance of the new Crystal Palace ballet at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Yerevan, Armenia. The Association for Support of Cultural Initiatives (Russia) initiated the event supported be European Foundation for Support of Culture (Malta) and Armenia Art Foundation (Armenia).
The European Foundation for Support of Culture initiated and organized the first premiere of the ballet, which was held on the 21st of July 2017 in Malta celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations
between Russia and Malta. The event was supported by the Embassy of Russia in Malta, the Ministry of Culture of Malta under the patronage of the President of Malta, HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
After the event in June, 2017 the Artistic Director of the Erevan Opera House prompted to contact the European Foundation for Support of Culture with a proposal to show the ballet in Yerevan.
The production is based on the music of the contemporary Maltese composer Alexey Shor, whose music is already known to the Armenian audience. In 2017 Alexey Shor became the composer-in-residence of the Armenia International Music Competition and Festival.
The story of Crystal Palace takes place in 1740 at the court of the Russian Empress Anna Ioanovna. In the capital, luxurious celebrations have been organised. When the Russian Empress learns about the love of a court jester and one of the court maidens, she decides to marry them. By the order of the Empress an ice palace is built with the walls, the bed, and even the flowers made of ice. The newlyweds have to spend their wedding night i this crystal palace.
Celebrities taking part in the performance include: the world-renowned ballet dancer Ivan Vasiliev; soloists and artists from the Bolshoi Theatre, Maria Allash, Maria Vinogradova, Anna Aglatova and others with soloists and artists from the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theatre, Moscow.
The Armenian Opera House orchestra will be performing under the baton of Pavel Klinichev, conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre. The Children’s Choir of the Armen Tigranyan Music School and students of the Yerevan State School of Choreography will also take part in the performance.
The leading roles played by:
Ivan Vasiliev (the Enamored, the Jester)
Maria Vinogradova (the Enamored, the Jester’s Bride)
Maria Allash (Fairy of the Crystal Flower Garden and the Queen of Diamonds)
Anna Nechaeva (Opera Star)
Composer: Alexey Shor
Director and Choreographer: Ekaterina Mironova and Alexander Somov
Conductor: Pavel Klinichev
Costume Designer: Elena Netsvetaeva-Dolgaleva
Stage Designer: Sergei Timonin
Lighting Designer: Anton Stikhin