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"Garden of the Octopus" in Perm, or how to fall in love with a child in opera


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PERMIAN. The world premiere of the children’s opera "The Garden of the Octopus" was held at the Opera and Ballet Theater.

The love of Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky is not inherited, as a title or blood type. The need to listen to classics is formed from birth, if parents are happy to do it themselves, and not from time to time. If you buy a violin, piano or oboe not for your own ambitions, but in the interests of the child and his future. If the words of the symphony, overture, suite do not seem to him a meaningless abracadabra and cause positive emotions. If the world of classical music opens for him gradually: through the game, a fairy tale, an exciting adventure. From clear and accessible to more complex.

Directors, stage designers Maria Litvinova and Vyacheslav Ignatov create magical performances for children from the beginning of the 2000s. In his own theater "Trikster", on the stages of the theaters "Practice", Obraztsova, Natalia Sats, "SAAD" ". Enlightening, stimulating the active work of imagination, completely refuting the established myths. Involving young viewers in the process of co-creation, giving bright emotions during an exciting adventure called opera.

Previous production of Ignatov and Litvinova for the Perm Tchaikovsky Theater - opera "Journey to the Land of Jambles" based on Edward Lear’s works - was awarded a special prize of the festival "Golden Mask" in 2016. The interactive format of the presentation was to everyone’s liking, regardless of age.

Cooperation of the family duet with the Perm Opera continued. On November 18 and 19, the world premiere of the play "The Garden of the Octopus" was held. The authors of the idea - Catherine and Peter Pospelov - and the directors did not depart from the principle of "Enlightenment through entertainment." On the stage and in the hall - the riot of colors, exciting art objects, exotic animals, plants, mushrooms, dolls. In this extravaganza Mahler’s "Sermons of Anthony of Padua to fish," "Beetle’s Marmot", Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Bumblebee", Joachino Rossini’s "Cat’s Duet", Mussorgsky’s "Song of the Flea", Schubert’s "Trout" are harmoniously intertwined. Sounds in the play and Octopus’s Garden - Ringo Starr’s song from the famous album Abbey Road of The Beatles, which gave the idea of the title to the whole production.


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