The closing show of the 6th St Petersburg International All Together Opera Festival, Bizet’s Carmen drew over 10,000 spectactors in the Main Courtyward outside the Catherine Palace on July 22.
This year’s festival continued its tradition of staging opera masterpieces against the background of architectural masterpieces in the suburbs of St Petersburg. Bizet’s Carmen, one of the most popular and most frequently performed operas in the world, was beautifully set into the barouque space of the Main Courtyard.
This production was directed by Georgy Isaakyan, a famous Russian theatre director, and designed by Julia Goltsova, Artistic Director of the Festival. The stage scenery showed a row of baroque arches resembling a Spanish townsquare (see pictures above and below, click to enlarge).
The show featured Maestro Fabio Mastrangelo as Conductor of the Northern Symphony Orchestra (Music Hall Theatre), Opéra de Nice choir (France), choreography by Sergey Naryshev and Rustem Karsanov, and leading parts performed by principal soloists of Russian and foreign musical theatres, including Yulia Gertseva (Mariinsky Theatre), Francesco Pio Galasso, Vladimir Tselebrovsky, Sofia Nekrasova, and others.