The exhibition “Russian Opera Singers on the Stage of the Vienna Opera” opened at the RCSC in Vienna

An exhibition of photographs by the acclaimed photo artist and staff photographer of the Vienna State Opera Michael Pöhn, entitled “Russian Opera Singers on the Stage of the Vienna Opera”, opened on January 15, at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Vienna.

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Anna Netrebko, Dmitry Korchak, Aida Garifullina, Albina Shagimuratova, Elena Zhidkova, Olga Peretyatko, Irina Lungu, Margarita Gritskova, Elena Guseva, Pavel Kolgatin, Dmitry Ulyanov, Elena Pankratova, Maria Nazarova, Valeria Savinskaya - all these artists, some of them being more famous at home than others, are the permanent representatives of Russian vocal art on the stage of the renowned theater of the Austrian capital.

The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in Austria Dmitry Sokolov noted, while opening the exhibition, that the exposition focused on the Cross 2020 Russian-Austrian Year of Literature and Theater.

The fact that Michael Pöhn decided to dedicate an exhibition to Russian opera singers speaks volumes. It would be an exaggeration to say that the Vienna Opera stage would become empty without the Russian performers, or that talentless singers would gather around on it. Not at all. It would just be different without Russians. Opera singers from different countries traditionally demonstrate their high performing art in Vienna. Nevertheless, the Russian vocal school makes its own inimitable contribution to world culture. It has been generating the best examples of opera art for a number of centuries. Today it would probably be hard to imagine an opera house without Russian singers’ names in the posters.

The current exhibition is a joint developing project of the RCSC and Michael Pöhn, a photographer who used to work as specialist in fashion photography, then traveled a lot across Africa taking photos of animals, and for the last ten years has been an exclusive photo chronicler and photo artist of the Vienna Opera.

The exhibition opened, numerous guests went to the RCSC concert hall, where they listened to the youngest Russian Vienna Opera soloist Valery Savinskaya. She performed arias from the operas of Rossini and Puccini, romances of Rachmaninov and Wolf. As an encore, she sang a Russian folk song “my na lodochke katalis'” (English translation: “We were going on a boat”). Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna Pantelis Polichronidis (Greece) performed the piano part.

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