Dialogues des Carmelites. Directed by Dmitry Chernyakov. Bayerische Staatsoper. 17, 23 April, 9, 13 July 2010
Dmitry Chernyakov, one of the most distinctive opera directors in Russia, winner of multiple national Golden Mask theatre awards, is currently in great demand at the best European opera houses. (Incidentally, the director has also gone down into the history of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre as a "silent hell-raiser": his intelligent reading of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin was the reason why the famous singer Galina Vishnevskaya refused to celebrate her 80th birthday on the stage of the Bolshoi.) After the politically tinted production of Modest Musorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Berlin Unter den Linden - in collaboration with the great conductor Daniel Barenboim - Chernyakov was soon invited back, this time to stage Sergey Prokofiev's Gambler, a co-production with the Milan Teatro alla Scala. A production of Verdi's Macbeth at Opéra National de Paris followed.
This is the second time Chernyakov is working at Bayerische Staatsoper; this time he is staging Francis Poulenc's 1953 opera Dialogues des Carmélites in which religion encounters revolution (conductor Kent Nagano).
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