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The new season of "Boldin Autumn" is a source of joy and inspiration for new generations


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NIZHNY NOVGOROD. The XXXI Festival of Opera and Ballet Art "Boldin Autumn" was opened.

The ancestors of Alexander Sergeevich settled in the village of Bolshoe Boldino, Nizhny Novgorod region in the 16th century. The pioneer was Evstafy Mikhailovich Pushkin, the governor of Yelatom, the governor of Tobolsk. Diplomat, whose signature stands under the Treaty of Tyavzin with Sweden and in the conciliar decree on the accession to the throne of Boris Godunov. More than fifty hectares Eustace Mikhailovich received as a gift for valorous work in the diplomatic field from the very Ivan the Terrible. The estate passed from one ancestor to another, from the grandfather of the poet to his father - Sergei Lvovich. For Alexander Sergeevich stay in Boldino was a period of unprecedented creative take-off, as a result of which several dozens of masterpieces were created: poems, fairy tales, poems, prose works. Here were completed "Eugene Onegin", "Little Tragedies", "The Story of Belkin".

The idea of holding a festival of opera and ballet art with a poem called "Boldin Autumn", which was significant for poetry lovers, was dictated by the amazing history of these places and the need to erect a miraculous monument to the great poet. His works formed the basis for the libretto of two dozen operas, inspired to create wonderful ballets. The authors of music for them were Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Cui, Napravnik. Alexander himself was an ardent admirer of Terpsichore and Euterpe. Everyone remembers the lines from "Eugene Onegin", dedicated to the brilliant ballerina of the Imperial Theater Yevdokia Istomina. Her jump, which struck Pushkin during the play "Acis and Galatea", was awarded a comparison with the flight of fluff from the mouth of Aeolus.

The works of the poet repeatedly met the name of the famous dancer and choreographer-innovator Didlo. He made a real revolution in the teaching of choreographic disciplines, paid great attention to the lessons of acting, to the musical education of ballet dancers, and introduced dance group flights. Among the Didolot productions, based on Pushkin’s stories, are "The Prisoner of the Caucasus", dance scenes in A. Shakhovsky’s play "Ruslan and Lyudmila." In the last work, according to critics, there is clearly a sincere interest in ballet, an understanding of its stylistics, which are vividly reflected in the characters of the main characters and secondary characters.

In a letter to his brother about the trip to Odessa, Pushkin writes about the healing of the Italian opera, which reminds him of the old and renews his soul. Among the favorite composers of the poet was Mozart, with the "Magic Flute", "Don Juan", "Marriage of Figaro" whom he met as a child. Therefore, the choice of one-act opera "Mozart and Salieri" Rimsky-Korsakov for the opening of the festival on November 16 seems very symbolic. The second work chosen for this evening was Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninov.

Before the end of "Boldinsky Autumn" on November 26, festival guests will be able to see "Swan Lake" performed by artists of the Samara Opera and Ballet Theater, ballets "The Nutcracker", "Bakhchisarai Fountain", operas "Queen of Spades", "Mazepa", "Eugene Onegin". Performers of the Mariyskiy Theater troupe. Erica Sapaeva will present E. Lazarev’s choreographic fantasy Master and Margarita.


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