The Bolshoi Opera Company, generally considered the leading opera company in the Soviet Union, will perform at Wolf Trap Farm Park for five days in July following a 12-day engagement at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the performing arts park announced yesterday.
Ticket prices at Wolf Trap will range from $18 for lawn tickets to $75 for front-orchestra seats, a Wolf Trap spokesman said.
In its Washington visit, the Bolshoi will give three performances of Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin" on July 11, 12 and 13 and two performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera-ballet "Mlada" on July 14 and 15. In New York, between June 25 and July 6, it will perform both these works plus the New York premiere of "Maid of Orleans," Tchaikovsky's opera about Joan of Arc.
This will be the Bolshoi Opera's second visit to the United States. In 1975, it performed at the Kennedy Center to widespread critical acclaim.
The Bolshoi's productions of "Mlada" and "Maid of Orleans" were seen last year at the Edinburgh Festival. "Onegin," one of Tchaikovsky's most popular operas and a staple in the company's repertoire since 1881, will be seen in a new production by producer Boris Pokrovsky and designer Valery Levental. This production (the ninth of this opera in the Bolshoi's history) replaces one that has been in use since 1944. It will have its first performance at the Met on June 25, marking the first time a Bolshoi production has had its premiere outside the Soviet Union.
Arrangements for the Moscow-based company's American tour were made by the Entertainment Corp. USA, the American branch of an organization based in London. The conglomerate has signed a four-year agreement for off-season programming at the Met and a six-year agreement to arrange international activities for the Bolshoi and Kirov opera and ballet companies.
Artists featured in the Bolshoi tour will include conductors Aleksander Lazarev and Yevgeny Svetlanov, sopranos Makvala Kasrashvili and Irina Udalova, mezzo-sopranos Elena Zaremba and Galina Borisova, tenors Lev Kuznetsov and Oleg Kulko, baritone Igor Morozov and basses Yevgeny Nesterenko, Mikhail Krutikov and Gleb Nikolsky as well as the Bolshoi orchestra and chorus.