The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music TheatreRussian: Muzykalnyi teatr im. Stanislavskogo i Nemirovicha-Danchenko or Музыкальный театр им. Станиславского и Немировича-Данченко is one of the most iconic theatres of the capital and may be considered the second important music theatre after the BolshoiRussian: Bolshoy teatr or Большой театр. Whilst it is a comfortable second behind the Bolshoi in terms of its fame, popularity and the caliber of its actors, yet it compares favourably in its abundance of contemporary productions, continuous collaboration with world famous directors, and willingness to experiment. The theatre fuses traditional aspects of theatre with more daring elements.
The main auditorium seats almost 1,100 people. The theatre itself is located in a pedestrian street in one of the most beautiful historical districts of the city. The theatre has spacious lobbies and cafeterias. After its reconstruction in 2006, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko music theatre became one of the most modern and comfortable theatres of the capital.
HISTORY OF THE THEATRE
The history of this theatre is linked to two legendary theatre directors. It was created by way of combining two Moscow theatre companies: Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Opera Studio, affiliated with the Bolshoi Theatre, and Vladimir Nemirovic-Danchenko’s MKhT Music Studio. Both of these theatre companies date back to 1919. In 1926, Nemirovich-Danchenko’s studio was transformed into the Music Theatre, after the People’s Artist of the Republic V. Nemirovich-Danchenko. Viktorina KriegerRussian and Soviet dancer, director, and writer’s ballet company, also known as the Moscow Art BalletRussian: Moskovskiy Khudozhestvennyi balet or Московский Художественный балет, was part of the theatre. In the same year, the studio moved to a building in Bolshaya Dmitrovka streetRussian: Большая Дмитровка – an old 18th century estate of Counts SaltykovsGovernor-Generals of Moscow from one of the oldest and most noble boyar families. Before the revolution of 1917, the building used to house the Merchants’ clubRussian: Kupecheskiy klub or Купеческий клуб – a place where the most famous merchants of the city gathered together
Stanislavsky, V. Nemirovich-Danchenko, and the ballet company directors (B. Mordvinov, P. Markov, ballet-master N. Kholfin) aimed to create a “dramatic” music theatre, turning singers and dancers into actors on the stage by adding the actor’s development of a character’s personality to the traditional singing and dancing. Directors Leonid Baratov, Pavel Zlatogorov, Lev Mikhailov, Walter Felsenstein, Harry Kupfer, Ioakim Sharoyev, as well as ballet-masters Vladimir Burmeister and Dmitry Bryantsev worked at the theatre at different times throughout its history. Alexander Titel (of the opera division) and Igor Zelensky manage the theatre currently. The theatre also actively collaborates with foreign masters, for example, choreographer Jiri Kylian who has staged his productions here.
Today, any theatre with a rich history faces a problem with preserving its heritage because performances are difficult to document: they are alive and relevant but once the production has finished, they become less so. For this reason, many theatres produce largely performances from previous centuries, which has the effect of stagnating the development of modern theatre.
The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre team have managed to strike a unique balance; they often turn to classics, offering a new renditions of well-known theatrical works or choosing to restore the original performance. At the same time, the theatre often comes up with performances which are striking in their novelty. These include the ballets “Tatiana” and “The Mermaid” to L. Auerbach’s music in John Neumeier’s production, “Na Floresta” by Nacho Duato, “Petit Mort. Six Dances” by Jiri Kylian, among others.
Among the creative renditions of the classics, we should mention the opera “Eugene Onegin” (conductor F. Korobov, director A. Titel, designer D. Borovsky), the opera “La Boheme” (conductor F. Korobov, director A. Titel, designer Y. Ustinov), the opera “Cosi fan Tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers)” (director V. Gorelik, director A. Titel, designer V. Arefiev), the opera “Medea” (conductor F. Korobov, director A. Titel, designer V. Arefiev), Jerome Robbins’ ballets “In the Night”, “The Concert”, “Other Dances”, Frederic Ashton’s ballets “Rhapsody”, “La Valse”, “Marguerite and Armand”, and Yuri Grigorovich’s production of the ballet “Stone Flower” (music by S. Prokofiev).
The Music Theatre holds the annual DanceInversion dance festival and also takes part in the European Opera Days festival.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com