NOVAYA OPERA, MOSCOW
The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, situated in The Hermitage Gardens, was founded concurrently with the New Russia in 1991 on the initiative of conductor Evgeny Kolobov (1946–2003) and then Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov. Its wide-ranging repertoire includes Russian and Western classics and operas of the 20th and 21st Century as well as orchestral concerts.
GRANGE PARK OPERA, LONDON
Grange Park Opera has built an opera house with a vibrant acoustic, and a generous orchestra pit on the edge of London at West Horsley Place, a 15th century house and 300 acre estate recently inherited from the Duchess of Roxburghe by the author and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne. Known as The Theatre in the Woods, it is modelled on the five-tiered horseshoe shape of La Scala, Milan. It sits just beyond the historic orchard and spectacular formal gardens.
Jan Latham-Koenig is the first British born conductor to have held a Music Directorship at any Russian opera company. He is currently Chief Conductor and Head of the Novaya Opera Artistic Board. He is also Artistic Director of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra in Bruges and has conducted at major opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2014 he won the Golden Mask Award for Opera/Best Conductor for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
Igor Ushakov has been director at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow since 2004. Included among the operas he has directed are: Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto (Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 2015).Giacomo Puccini, Gianni Schicchi (The Opera Theatre of the Moscow Conservatory 2015). Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (The Opera Theatre of the Moscow Conservatory 2016). Rossini La scala di seta (The chamber ensemble “Premiera”, Moscow 2016). Mozart La clemenza di Tito (The Moscow State Academic Chamber Opera Theatre 2017)