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Soloists — Anna Pegova, Svetlana Tokareva, Sergey Kuzmin, Pyotr Migunov
Conductor — Vladimir Fedoseyev
Choir and Orchestra of the Mikhailovsky Theatre
Staged by Sergey Novikov
Video: Dmitry Kostyaev
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Assistant to Conductor: Andrey Petrenko
Assistant to Stage Director: Vyacheslav Starodubtsev
The masterpiece, called „music that penetrates to the heart and confounds the soul“, will be performed on a day of mourning, the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War. The audience will experience the Requiem in Russian, accompanied by an artistic sequence of video footage and war photography, as a tribute to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad.
Vladimir Fedoseyev, an outstanding musician and People’s Artist of the USSR, will be conducting the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s symphony orchestra and choir. He himself experienced the horrors of the siege as a child. Verdi’s work was chosen specifically: the terrible images of Leningrad under siege resonate with the powerful expressiveness of the music. The accompanying video will help to create a dialogue between eras that will endow these momentous events with a sense of timelessness.
Sergey Novikov, who created the concept for the performance, calls the Leningraders’ feat „an example of self-sacrifice, spiritual strength, and national unity unparalleled in history“. According to Novikov, it was „a feat accomplished by the civilian population, workers who never stopped working to meet the needs of the front lines, even for a day, and who did so in unbearable circumstances, unbelievable even for wartime“. Novikov personally translated the canonical Latin text of the Requiem so that its contents would be accessible to a broad audience, enabling listeners to fully comprehend the depth, power, and universal nature of this great work.