Yesterday (21 of december) I visited the Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Saint Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. There was a première of opera "Siberia". Siberia is an opera in three acts by Umberto Giordano from a libretto by Luigi Illica.
Inspired by love to Russian literature of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Ostrovsky, Chekhov, Italian composer Umberto Giordano (1867-1948) with his librettist Luigi Illica made a romantic drama about love of people who were outcast by society. The première took place on 19 December 1903 at La Scala in Milan. It received more praise in its opening in Genoa and then in Paris in May 1905. It was premièred in the USA, in New York City at the Manhattan Opera on 5 February 1908.
Before the Second World War, "Siberia" was in the repertoire of many theaters but later it was forgotten. In Russia it was first put in Siberia, Krasnoyarsk (middle of 1990s years). Conservatory's opera "Siberia" is Saint Peterburg première, that continue creative collaboration of St. Peterburg and Milan Conservatories.
I've never visited opera before, so I was very excited to see and listen to it. The decorations were rather dark and depressive, with colours of white, black and grey. There was a videoinstallation on the background. I am so impressed by beautiful Italian opera singer Elisa Balbo with her amazing soprano. She is so talented and sounds very professional. She had a role of Stephana. Demetrio Colaci as Gleby and Vyacheslav Lesik as Vasilii were really great! I got a great pleasure that I visited this opera. I am so thankful that I had a chance to listen to music performed by the Large symphony orchestra and choir of the Theatre of Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Also I would like to mention two great conductors Marco Pace and Sergey Fedoseev! I want to thank all the people that made this opera and for this beautiful music!