The Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre is a newly established institution, at least relative to Moscow’s other music schools. It was opened in 2002 at the initiative of Galina Vishnevskaya, the renowned opera singer, director and educator. Intended as an advanced training centre for young singers, it has quickly gained popularity for the plethora of music events it hosts. Not only does it offer advanced training programmes for young performers, it also hosts classical music concerts, festivals, opera nights and performances by the world’s leading musicians. Remarkably, entrance to many events held at the Centre is free of charge.
At the Сentre, world-famous operas like Verdi’s Rigoletto or Bizet’s Carmen alternate with less known operas. The theatre’s leading singers are graduates of music schools who participate in a two-year training programme at the Opera Centre. Unlike many other concert halls in Moscow, tickets to the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre are not expensive, despite the fact that performers have great skill and proficiency.
Cultural activities at the centre
The Galina Vishnevskaya Centre (or Theatre, as this concert hall is also known) has gained numerous admirers, partly because the performances listed in the repertoire are characterized by new musical interpretations and themes. Galina Vishnevskaya directed the opera school and theatre for ten years until her death in 2012, at which point the Centre had already achieved international recognition. The school’s graduates now perform on the world’s best theatre stages, including the National Opera of Belgium, the Bonn Opera House, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Rome Opera and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Today, Olga Rostropovich, a cellist and Galina Vishnevskaya’s daughter, is the director of the Opera Singing Centre.
The Centre holds symposiums and seminars as well as get-togethers with cultural figures and artists that are open to the public. This is in addition to regular theatre and concert performances. The Centre is also a founding member of the biannual Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition. All the showings take place on the theatre’s stage, and the traditional closing gala concert, play to full houses. Importantly, the building is fully adapted for people with disabilities.
The centre’s building and the auditorium’s facilities
Moscow’s Ostozhenka District, where the Vishnevskaya Centre is located, is an upscale and expensive area. Few know, however, that among the mansions and museum buildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there are some structures built in the so-called Luzhkov style, the self-declared architectural legacy of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. The Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre, located at 25/1 Ostozhenka Street, is one of these surprising buildings. This Neo-Classical white and yellow building boasting a high-tech interior is a stone’s throw from the Conception Convent (Russian: Зачатьевский женский монастырь) and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Russian: Храм Христа Спасителя).
The Centre’s lavish interior amply compensates for its plain exterior; as soon as you step across the auditorium’s threshold, you feel as though you are in Italy due to the theatre’s interior design. The cozy 350-seat auditorium with its comfortable chairs allows spectators to enjoy a wide range of musical performances, ranging from chamber and symphonic concerts to international music festivals. A relatively recent addition to the Centre, the concert hall is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and has outstanding acoustics; both soloists and orchestras with a choir are perfectly audible from any spot of the hall. A bar is open during concerts and shows, and a Christmas tree is installed at the Centre during the New Year holidays, a great addition to children’s shows.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com