Flying Dutchman’s new version mooring in Minsk

Foreign specialist to help stage first opera in German at Bolshoi Theatre
Experienced co-rehearsal and coach Malte Kroidl will soon arrive in Minsk to work on Richard Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, with famous German opera director Prof. Hans-Joachim Frey. It will be the first opera in the history of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus to be sung in German. 

The theatre has only once before staged an opera by Wagner: Lohengrin, in the 1970s. The premiere of the Flying Dutchman is scheduled for December, with Malta Kroidl arriving in Belarus in September-October. The Director General of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vladimir Gridyushko, emphasises that it will be a huge help, as the voice coach will be able to help singers with diction and pronunciation in German. He adds, “The soloists like working with such coaches, making use of every minute.”

The theatre is liaising long-term with Italian coach Paolo di Napoli, who helped in staging Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida and Gioachino Rossini’s Barber of Seville, working with director Mikhail Pandzhavidze. He also gave master classes last May, at the 1st Youth Opera Forum, in Minsk. The Italian master is now preparing Belarusian performers for Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, which premieres in late April.
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