Bolshoi Theatre setting off on grand tour

Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre to tour Europe

By Alexander Pimenov

According to the theatre’s General Director, Vladimir Gridyushko, touring promotes friendly relations and stronger cultural ties between theatres in the field of ballet, opera and symphony art. Accordingly, the Belarusian theatre has concluded memorandums of co-operation with the largest troupes across Europe and the CIS — including Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, the Kiev National Opera, the National Opera and Ballet of Sofia, the Estonian National Opera, the National Theatre in Belgrade, the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre.

In late 2011, the theatre saw success in Western Europe. After a long break, the national ballet troupe and the symphonic orchestra gave worthy performances in Spain, Germany and Austria. This May, the Belarusian ballet company will bring its Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and La Baydere to Spain. Italy will welcome them in August, with the Netherlands and Belgium receiving them in September-October. The troupe’s performance at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania traditionally takes place in October and they will premiere their Sleeping Beauty at the Palais des Congress de Paris in mid-October. The October schedule also includes 15 shows of Troubadour opera in the Netherlands and Belgium and, next spring, the Belarusian troupe will make its first appearance in the UK — with La Traviata and Madame Butterfly.

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