On September 22, the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater hosted the premiere of the opera-fairy tale for the whole family, “The Magic Grain.” The author of the music is St. Petersburg composer Rustam Sagdiev.
The project is being implemented with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, the theater press service told Bashinform News Agency. Family values, friendship, and the desire to achieve a goal - the new production unites the best traditions of children's fairy tales. The plot and music intertwine Russian and Bashkir cultures, the characters of the epic of the two peoples.
“This is a real opera for our youngest viewers. The plot and characters, understandable to children and adults, make it a play for the whole family. Children should be introduced to opera from an early age so that later, it does not seem like something complicated, incomprehensible, and boring. Thanks to such productions, our growing audience is educated,” said the production director of the play, Laysan Safargulova.
The libretto was written by the famous playwright and musician Vladimir Anoshkin. The musical director and conductor of the performance is Alexander Alekseev. Choreographer - Alina Mustaeva. Lighting designer: Serdar Charyev.
“The librettist wrote a story about a poultry yard, how the Cockerel goes to save the Firebird, who has lost her voice. The performance contains images from Russian folk tales and Bashkir ones, such as Khumay, Karakosh, and Samrau. Therefore, we created images of different birds based on traditional elements of Russian and Bashkir national costumes,” explained production designer Ivan Skladchikov.
According to stage director Laysan Safargulova, the performance will be mobile and on-site. “Many tours are planned throughout the republic's regions, so the scenery is mobile, and the troupe is small,” she said.
On September 28, the play's premiere will occur in the Arkhangelskoye village.
Author: Leila Aralbaeva