In the framework of the Astrakhan Theater of Opera and Ballet project, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov producing at the Cathedral Square in the Astrakhan Kremlin, a panel discussion occurred. The theme was “Open air –art or show business. The Verona Arena – the Astrakhan Kremlin”. The discussion attracted honored participants: director of the National Academy of St Cecilia Alfredo Santalocci (Italy), head of the Russian World fund at the University of Pisa, professor of the Russian language and literature department at the University of Pisa Stefano Gardzonio, Deputy Minister of Culture Affairs of the Krasnodar region Alexander Nikitin and Russian famous musical critics.
While opening the meeting, Deputy Representative of the Government of the Astrakhan region, Minister of Culture and Tourism Affairs of the Astrakhan region Galina Zoteeva thanked theatre team for the large-scale project: “The magic of music by the outstanding composer, actors’ talent, Kremlin aura immersed us in the atmosphere of beauty and harmony that sum up Russian people’s soul.” She noted that Russian operas in the Astrakhan Kremlin have become one of milestone events of the Russian cultural value.
Alfredo Santalocci highly appreciated the project, a word «Bellissimo» was used several times in his speech: “The great choice, Russian masterpiece, so rare performed in the world. Maybe, the opera is too complicated not only in music but also in emotions. Everything was impressive: the music, the choir, the soloists, the technical equipment.” Art director of the Natalya Sats Musical Theater Georgy Isaakyan was rich with epithets: “These are really fruitful investments from today to the future. Open-air opera is not only an art but also a business. 4 thousand people saw it in the spectator area – it is amazing. The most important is that the project has also an educational mission.”
Moscow musical critics: expert of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award Larisa Barykina and opera and ballet critic Olga Korablina congratulated the theatre crew on the successful project that popularize opera and promotes high art for the population.