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29 апреля на открытии Russian Opera Gala и IX Международного Фестиваля русской песни в Великобритании (Кадоган-Холл, (Лондон)), состоится премьера авторского короткометражного документального фильма производства Павла Соро по заказу Eurolog UK, посвященного Народной артистке СССР Елене Образцовой и Народному артисту России Дмитрию Хворостовскому. “Этот фильм нестандартно раскрывает этих двух мировых оперных исполнителей с менее известной для публики человеческой стороны, и доказывает то, что жизнь исполнителей на самом деле полна взлетов и падений, успехов и разочарований, свойственных каждому из нас.” – Павел Соро.


Part 1
Opening. Performances by Guests
Olga Bramley – Chair, Eurolog UK
Evgeniy Kungurov, Maria Veretenina – Presenters
Guest performances are accompanied by the British Imperial Orchestra. Conductor: Graham O. Jones, MBE

Larisa Rudakova (soprano) – Soloist of the Bolshoi Opera, Part 1 of Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra, music by Reinhold Glière
Video dedicated to Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Elena Obraztsova, produced by SOROFILM. Premiere

Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone) – Soloist of the Royal Opera House
“The Heaven’s Wanderer” (in memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky), music by Alexander Naumenko Accompanist: Akexander Naumenko (piano)

Aigul Akhmetshina (mezzo-soprano) – Soloist of the Royal Opera House
Olga’s Aria from Eugene Onegin, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Alexander Naumenko (tenor) – Soloist of the English National Opera
Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone) – Soloist of the Royal Opera House
Aleko’s Cavatina from Aleko, music by Sergey Rachmaninov

Alexander Naumenko (tenor) – Soloist of the English National Opera
E lucevan le stelle (Goreli zvezdy…) from Tosca, music by Giacomo Puccini

Aigul Akhmetshina (mezzo-soprano) – The Royal Opera House
Les tringles des sistres tintaient from Carmen, music by Georges Bizet
Part 2.
Performances by Guests
All performances are accompanied by the British Imperial Orchestra. Conductor: Graham O. Jones, MBE

Vasily Gerello (baritone) – Soloist of the Mariinsky Opera
Cortigiani, vil razza dannata, from Rigoletto, music by Giuseppe Verdi
Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone) – The Royal Opera House
Aria Figaro from “The Marriage of Figaro”, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Aigul Akhmetshina & Kostas Smoriginas
Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Evgeniy Yuzhin (tenor) – Laureate of International competitions
Backstage Aria, from Rafaello, music by Anton Arensky

Maria Veretenina (soprano) – 2014 Festival Grand Prix Laureate, UK
Art is calling for me from The Enchantress, music by Victor Herbert

Vasily Gerello (baritone) – Soloist of the Mariinsky Opera
I’te vurria vasa, music by Eduardo di Capua

Evgeny Kungurov (baritone) – Soloist of the Moscow New Opera
“Ochi Chernye” (Dark Eyes), Russian romance song, music by Florian German, lyrics by Evgeniy Grebenka
“Yamshik, ne goni loshadei” (Don’t urge the horses, coachman), music by Yakov Feldman, lyrics by Nikolai von Ritter


of the 9th UK Russian Song Festival and International Vocal Contest (2018), dedicated to Elena Obraztsova and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, famous Russian Opera Singers


Евгений Евтюхов. croppedWITH SUPPORT FROM:

  • The Elena Obraztsova Centre for Opera Singers (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Director: Irina Chernova
  • The British Imperial Orchestra (London), Conductor: Graham O. Jones, MBE
  • The London School of Russian Language and Literature
  • The Russian Embassy in the UK
  • Angliya Russian Newspaper in the UK
  • GB RUSSIA/UK – Russia Society
  • Pushkin House (London) and many others

The main aims of the Festival and Contest are to bring together TWO GREAT CULTURES – BRITISH AND RUSSIAN, to attract both English and Russian-speaking musicians to perform famous Russian music, to advance Russian culture, promote the works of Russian composers and poets, seek out and present new talent, support young performers as well as professionals, and to maintain and develop the traditions of Russian vocal, musical and poetic art. Within the Festival, the cultural project “In Dedication to Elena Obraztsova” will be held, including a photo exhibition and film demonstration about the singer’s life and work. The GALA CONCERT/CONTEST’S FINALE will be held at: Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London – First round of auditions of recordings (video or audio, no elaboration or improvement) and short-listing of applicants for the Gala Concert Finale. The auditions and short-listing are carried out by members of the panel of judges, consisting of outstanding Russian and British artists. Second round (Finale) Live contest of pre-selected finalists at the International Russian Song Festival – in Cadogan Hall, London, 29 April 2018. The preparation and conducting of the contest is supervised by an Oganising Committee, whose members are appointed by the Organisers. ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE CONTEST: Chair of the Organising Committee and Festival founder – Olga Bramley Deputy Chair – Maria Viktorovna Zheleznikova Administrators, volunteer assistants The Festival’s concert leader and pianist The Contest will be photographed and filmed on video, and the Gala Concert will be broadcast live on the Internet. The Organising Committee forms working groups according to their areas of expertise, calculates estimates of expenses and presents these to the Organisers for approval, determines the composition of the panel, creates a prize fund, provides sponsorship and informational support for the Contest, monitors the period of preparation for the Contest and carries out measures directly associated with the Contest. The panel of judges includes celebrated musicians and performers who reflect the nature of the Festival (5-7 persons). THE CONTEST’S PANEL OF JUDGES. DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE PANEL: Larisa GERGIEVA (Saint Petersburg, Russia) People’s Artist of Russia People’s Artist of Ukraine People’s Artist of North Ossetia-Alania Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Academy Artistic Director and Director of international contests such as the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition, the Pavel Lisitsian International Vocal Competition, the Nadezhda Obukhova International Vocal Competition, the Mikhailov International Vocal Competition Winner of international contests MEMBERS OF THE PANEL: GRAHAM JONES  (London) Dr. Graham O. Jones MBE, Conductor of the British Imperial Orchestra, formerly Conductor of Her Majesty’s Orchestra Larisa RUDAKOVA (Moscow, Russia) Distinguished Artist of Russia Professor at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Winner of international contests Artistic Director of the Classical Performing School under the patronage of the Elena Obraztsova Fund Irina CHERNOVA (Saint Petersburg, Russia) Member of the Concert Artists of Russia Winner of international contests Organiser of international vocal competitions of young singers named after Elena Obraztsova Executive Director of the International Vocal Competition in the name of Pavel Lisitsian Director of the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre Vasiliy Gerello, Soloist of Mariinsky Opera, St. Petersburg, National Artist of Russia and Honoured Artist of the Ukraine  Additional judges to be confirmed. (Additions or amendments to the Panel may be made at the decision of the Organising Committee.) The Panel evaluates the depth of the work’s recital, the degree of professional proficiency, appreciation of the style of the work being performed, musical culture, etc. The Panel evaluates the finalists according to a 10-point principle. The average score of the finalists is calculated from the total number of points awarded by the members of the Panel. The overall winner and prize-winners are decided by simple voting with a preliminary calculation of the points and discussion of the choice. The Panel’s decision is final and non-negotiable. The Panel may decide to award a Grand Prix to the participant acknowledged to be the best performer of the contest (irrespective of the nomination for their performance), and also special prizes. Participants of the contest will be advised of the deadlines for participation and the terms and conditions of the Contest via the media and the Internet. All participants of the contest will receive a Certificate of Participation Winners of the contest will receive a Prize Certificate Winners of first prizes will also receive a cash prize depending on the size of the prize fund. The minimum prize fund is £1,000.00. The finalists will participate in the Gala Concert at the Cadogan Hall on 29 April 2018. Sound and video recording will be on-going during the concluding Gala Concert of winners. The rights to these recordings are owned by the charity organisation Eurolog UK. Prizes and awards: 1st place – cash prize and prize certificate 2nd place – prize certificate 3rd place – prize certificate Special prize and certificate of the ELENA OBRAZTSOVA CULTURAL CENTRE Incentive award of the ELENA OBRAZTSOVA CULTURAL CENTRE International Festival and Contest Finalist certificate The results of the contest will be announced during the Grand Awards Ceremony at the end of the Gala Concert. Conditions for the 9th International Russian Song Festival and Vocal Contest in the United Kingdom, 2018. The following nominations for the contest have been decided PROVISIONALLY: 1st nomination: “Young Talent” – performers with no special musical education, and with basic musical education up to 17 years of age 2nd nomination: “Amateur Vocalists” – performers with no special musical education, and with basic musical education from 17 tо 50 years of age 3rd nomination: “Professional Artists” – performers in any professional genre up to 50 years of age 4th nomination : “Child and Youth Vocal Ensembles and Choirs” Up to the age 17.  Trios and quartets are classed as Ensembles. 5th nomination : “Adult Vocal Ensembles and Choirs” No age limit. Trios and quartets are classed as Ensembles. PROGRAMME OF THE CONTEST: RUSSIAN AND/OR ENGLISH CLASSICAL RUSSIAN AND/OR ENGLISH FOLK RUSSIAN AND/OR ENGLISH ROMANCE SONGS RUSSIAN AND/OR ENGLISH CONTEMPORARY SONGS Contestants choose from the genres: Folk, Romance Song, Classical or Quality Contemporary Russian Song. Contestants are also invited to perform an English song/romance/aria if they wish to do so. A Russian song/romance/aria is a compulsory component of the Contest! Either the best piece of work of two presented by a worthy (in the Panel’s opinion) performer, or both performances (at the Panel’s decision) are selected for the Finale. The final categories for the Contest Finale are determined from the applications selected, and prizes are awarded according to these categories. Participants perform no more than two pieces in different genres, to be chosen by the Panel. All finalists will be advised by the Organising Committee in writing by no later than 1 April 2018. The open Finale of the Contest will be held on Sunday, 29 April 2018 with the participation of a professional panel of judges. The Organising Committee’s written notification serves as confirmation of acceptance to the Finale. The programme of the Festival and Contest may be changed at the decision of the Organising Committee. A participant may perform in the Contest with an accompanist or with an accompanist of the Contest. All expenses for the participation of the participant’s accompanist will be borne by the participant. The accompaniment of and a ten-minute consultation with our accompanist before each round of the contest are free of charge. A fee is charged for additional individual sessions with our accompanist. The participant performs to the accompaniment of a live instrument – piano, guitar, etc. The performance of Romance songs using an audio recording is not permitted. Orchestral sound recordings WITHOUT BACKING VOCALS are permitted for folk and contemporary songs. An application for participation should be sent to the Organising Committee (an application form is enclosed). A copy of the proof of payment of the registration fee must be attached to the application form. The registration fee is paid when the application is submitted in the amount of: – £50.00 for young soloists between 10 and 17 years of age – £80.00 for adult soloists between 18 and 50 years of age – £100.00 for duets, trios and quartets Cheque or bank transfer to: EUROLOG UK Bank details for transfer: Assosiation of Russian Сultural and Educational Organisations Eurolog UK Bank address: National Westminster Bank, London Account NO: 66542235 Sort Code: 515011 Bic: NWBK GB 2L IBAN: GB03 NWBK 5150 1166 5422 35 The fee cannot be refunded in the event of an unsuccessful performance, refusal of participation in the contest or non-attendance for registration. The Organising Committee does not pay the expenses for visas, travel or accommodation of participants. All participants in the contest will be provided with an invitation to the Festival and Contest and visa support. For further enquiries and an application form, please contact Applications and demo recordings for the Finale are accepted until 20 MARCH 2018. ————————————————————-РУССКИЙ ЯЗЫК В МИРЕ Русский язык является родным для 170 миллионов человек и 350 миллионов его понимают. Это государственный язык для 145 миллионов россиян. Это язык общения более 160 народов и национальностей России. Это язык жизни для 15 миллионов приехавших в Россию мигрантов. Это язык связи с родиной для 30 миллионов наших соотечественников за рубежом. Это язык глобального общения и один из шести рабочих языков Организации Объединенных Наций. Это первый язык общения в космосе Его изучают более 180 миллионов человек на всех континентах планеты. Русский – язык Пушкина и Толстого, Бродского и Пастернака, язык национальной гордости и достоинства.

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