The renovated “La Boheme”, the opening performance of the upcoming Veronika Dzhioeva gala concert has a captivating biography. What is especially interesting about it – the touring stories. Here are some of them.
The first French director’s version of “La Boheme” was staged in 1999 in Spain and in the capital of Portugal (six shows). “The orchestra was amazing – wrote the “Publico” of Lisbon – the solid Novosibirsk Company with beautiful voices proved its right to be called one of the best Eastern theatres”. The following soloists were highly appreciated by the public: Oleg Videman, Tatiana Vorojtsova, Alexander Lebedev, Sergey Nikitin, Liliya Ustyujanina, Lidiya Bondarenko and other. The journalists of “Marte” edition marked the “architectural talent of the stage designer” and “the way he used the spinning platform allowed adjusting metal structures and huge prop windows in each of the four scenes”.
In September, 2000 “La Boheme” of Novosibirsk went to Asia to take part in the II International Music and Dance Festival in Bangkok directed by the royal family of Thailand. “Beautiful and powerful singing, subtle irony, high artistic potential – all these features ended up in a fine theatre harmony – wrote the “Bangkok Post” newspaper – the performance was highly appreciated by her highness the Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Honorable Chairman of the festival”.
The performance was a total success in South Korea in 2003. That year, together with the Novosibirsk artists, the performance was featured with the local chorus and the young Korean soloists.
The adventures of the Novosibirsk “La Boheme” in Bangkok continued in 2010, when the company was invited at the XII International Music and Dance festival with the new version of the performance featured with a new generation of soloists, familiar to the modern audience: Veronika Dzhioeva, Irina Churilova, Pavel Yankovsky, Nikolay Loskutkin, Andrew Triller.
In 2008 the concert version of “La Boheme” conducted by Teodor Currentzis in the big hall of the Moscow Conservatory came up for discussion – the original interpretation, “freshness of the performance”, excellent conducting, who “discovered the flexibility and thoroughness in the score with the help of the orchestra, the chorus, and especially Veronika Dzhioeva as Mimi”.
Veronika Dzhioeva (Mimi), Sergey Kuzmin (Rodolfo, debut), Vasily Ladyuk (Marcello), Nadezhda Nesterova (Musetta, debut), Valery Gordeyev (Schaunard), Alexey Laushkin (Colline), Nikolay Loskutkin (Benoit), Vladimir Ognev (Alcindoro).
The conductor is Petr Belyakin. The new staging by Alexey Stepanyuk.